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Introduction to 150 Squadron

150 (City of Oxford) SquadronWelcome to the web site of 150 (City of Oxford) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), the area’s largest and best equipped Cadet Unit. We are a large and friendly squadron run by a dedicated staff team.  Unlike some other youth organisations we have high standards and expect a lot from our cadets… we give a lot in return though… For more information take a look at our prospectus, fill in the joining form or pay us a visit.

Have you got what it takes?

If so we’ll see you on the parade square!

Air Training Corps Aims

ATC LogoWe run and active and demanding program of activities in accordance with the three core aims of the ATC:

  • To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
  • To provide training which will be useful in both the Services and civilian life.
  • To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

A short history of the rank of Warrant Officer

The badge of an ATC CWO.

Recently, the squadron had to dig out the regulations for the appointment of cadet warrant officers.  Promotion to flight sergeant is a fairly simple matter, but warrants are only issued by HQAC under advice from Wing HQ.  The last cadet to be appointed to warranted rank while serving at 150 Sqn is now Flt Lt Emma Jackson-Tweedle, the CO at Cowley.  We’ve had others, but they have all come to 150 as CWOs.  In order to become a WO you must be appointed an instructor cadet, have achieved staff cadet and be assessed by the area commander Sqn Ldr Beardsley.  The assessment takes the form of an observed lesson delivered by the cadet and an interview on various aspects of the ATC, RAF and staff responsibilities.  We thought we’d take this opportunity to examine the rank of warrant officer which is a more recent innovation than either the NCO ranks of sergeant and corporal, or the commissioned ranks. (Ed.)

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2009 22:30

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The Berlin airlift ended 60 years ago today 13 May

The Berlin Airlift.

After the war, Germany was divided into four sections each one administered by one of the victorious allies: Britain, France, America and the Soviet Union.  In a slightly bizarre turn of events they also decided to split the capital city (Berlin) into four parts despite the fact that Berlin lay 90 miles inside the Soviet section of the country.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2009 22:09

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The harrier is 40 years old

This is the last in our series on three of the most iconic aircraft in the world.  Before the unveiling of the stealth series of aircraft: the 747, Concorde and the harrier jump-jet must have been the most recognisable aircraft in the world.  This editor once failed his aircraft recognition badge when in the cubs; even I scored three points.  Britain’s slowly declining financial muscle during the post-war era made modern aircraft carriers difficult to maintain.  Without large carriers with long runways, Britain would have lost the ability to project her power oversees beyond the scope of landbases.  The harrier was the answer to that problem; its very short (or vertical) take-off run makes it possible to operate from smaller cheaper carriers.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2009 22:04

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