TWO cadets have swapped Longbenton for Cyprus and a stint with the Royal Air Force.
Andrew Bull and Charlie Smith were given the opportunity to enjoy an action packed week with RAF personnel having been successful during an interview for the once in a life-time experience.
The two 16-year-olds, who are air cadets at 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron, were among only ten air cadets from across the north of England to be selected for the week-long camp at RAF Akrotiri.
The youngsters were able to learn first-hand how the base supports the defence of the UK and its operational commitments, meeting the station commander and visiting the U2 aircraft.
Andrew said: “It was my first time abroad and I loved it. The U2 visit was very special as was having our own private show by the Red Arrows.”
Charlie added: “We got to watch the Red Arrows practice from the cliff tops, which meant that we were actually looking down to the planes.
“Then after they had finished practising, we got to sit-in on their debrief.”
Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “Andrew and Charlie have had an incredible experience and learned so much from the opportunity that they did so well in earning.”
“It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m delighted that two of our team were able to enjoy Cyprus.
“I must too thank RAFA and the base for their kind initiative.”