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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.

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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A woman is flying a Red Arrow for the first time

Flt Lt Moore RAFEveryone knows the Red Arrows.  The characteristic hawk aircraft in red livery (based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire) are visible at most major air-shows and they are expected to appear at: the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Great North Run in Newcastle, and at the London Olympics.  Every year some 30 fast-jet pilots apply to the Red Arrows but only the very best are successful.  This year two new pilots were selected; Flt Lt Ben Plank and Flt Lt Kirsty Moore who will start training in September for a two year tour of duty from 2010 to 2012.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2009 21:54

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