84 Sqn ATC Crest

Monday, 6 July 2015

Flying Back in Time at the Coventry Air Pageant

On Saturday 4th July, Air Cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron were invited to support the Baginton Air Pageant run by Classic Air Force at Coventry Airport. Cadets enjoyed a range of historic aircraft both on the ground and in the air as well as raising funds and recruitment contacts for the Squadron.
Cadets Thakrar, Jeffs, Charlton & Garrett at the ATC stand

Early in the morning a team of cadets and staff set up a recruitment and info stand as well as the fantastic Airfield Treasure Hunt game. They picked a prime spot at the entrance to one of the large aircraft hangers where it was cool and away from the draft of the activity on the runway! Cadets were then shipped off to help the organisers of the event with their admin by filling welcome packs with flyers and vouchers. After some hard work they were allowed to wander around the stalls, look at the aircraft close up and have some well deserved ice creams!

Airfield Treasure Hunt Game
Back at the main stand there were plenty of visitors looking at the display. Many were ex-air cadets from all over the country so had lots of stories to offer. Others were potential new recruits who were signed up to attend an open evening later in the summer. Everyone who came past the stand were encouraged to spend just £1 on entering the Airfield Treasure Hunt game where there were some on-the-spot prize winners who took away RAF goodie bags. By 315pm the squares were filling up fast and after a final flurry of entries the winner square was revealed! Taylor Hope was quickly called back to the stall to receive her special goodie bag and £10 winners prize. She was over the moon to be the overall winner and was delighted with the bag of prizes. Second prize went to Mr Geoff Moore from Sutton Coldfield. As he had already left for the day his prize will be mailed to him directly.

Taylor Hope receiving her Winners Prize from Flying Officer Rosie Chapman!
Throughout the day, cadets were tasked with helping run the Flight Simulator inside one of the hangers. Leading this was Cadet Corporal Phoebe Jenner and as a reward for her efforts she was given the last seat inside the Avro Shakleton aircraft as it completed its engine runs at the end of the day. Although not taking off the ground the force of all 4 mighty engines running was enough to blow away the cobwebs for some distance around and Cpl Jenner was extremely pleased to have had this experience.
A new addition to the Vintage Milliners Display!

So, as the sun went down and the stands were packed away there were some hot but happy faces amongst the cadets and staff. Not only were there some interesting recruitment leads for both new cadets and visiting guest speakers but the treasure hunt raised an impressive £78 which will be put towards summer activities.

All in all, a historically successful day was had by all.