Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wing Air Cadets
RAF Akrotiri Camp 2012
On 18th April 53 air cadets, from all over the country, descended on terminal 3 at Heathrow airport. One was 1216's very own Cdt Cleeve.
As the coach neared the RAF base for the first time, the excitement grew, especially when a Tornado took off from the runway close to our accommodation.
Even though it was an Air Cadet camp, we did have a lot of free time during the camp. One of the best social activities was going to water world on the outskirts of Ayia Napa. Wave pools and extreme slides made the water park an enjoyable day for all.
The highlight of the camp came on the last day for A and B flight. Whilst the Red Arrows were practicing their display, 26 cadets got to look around three Hawks at the Red Arrow dispersal area. Excitement took over as the Red Arrow aircraft started to land in formation, taxiing toward us. This was when the pilots walked over and we were able to take photos and get autographs.
This camp was made by the people that attended. Everyone contributed to a friendly and comical camp (even the staff!). As usual the laughter and banter on the camp was high, when shopping in Paphos, when on the beach and during our free time on the base.
Friendly people, fun-filled activities and hot, sunny weather made the camp enjoyable and a memory to last a lifetime.
Story submitted by FS M Ingram on behalf of
1216 (Eastleigh) Squadron
Published to website 4 Jul 2012
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