Cadets up for a national title

Young air cadets are flying high after being chosen as the best squadron in the region.

The 861 (Wideopen) Squadron has been chosen from 34 other squadrons as the Durham/Northumberland Wing representative in the Sir Alan Lees Trophy, which finds the best squadron in the country.

This is a real milestone for 861 Squadron and the cadets and staff have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage of the competition

Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant James Elliott

They underwent a formal inspection by Group Captain Steve Harpum RAFR, who saw cadets undergoing flight simulation training, casualty simulation exercises, radio controlled models and a presentation.

He said: “861 Squadron has come such a long way in the past five years and it was a pleasure to be able to inspect such a thriving, vibrant Air Cadet Squadron.”

Afterwards, they were told they were the North’s representative, meaning it is one of the top six squadrons in the country.

In June they will receive a visit from the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR, who will identify the national winner.

Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant James Elliott, said: “This is a real milestone for 861 Squadron and the cadets and staff have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage of the competition.”