Red Arrows display among highlights of National Aerospace Camp at RAF Syerston
Hundreds of air cadets from across the country were at RAF Syerston yesterday (Wednesday) as part of the National Aerospace Camp.
Around 300 cadets attended the third day of the camp, which culminated air displays from the Red Arrows and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
Red Arrows Squadron Leader, Adam Collins, said: "It's been a great display here today, it's been really nice to come out and display for all of the cadets.
"It's very different from the normal seaside or airshow audience that we'd normally be doing a display for in the summer, but it's been great to inspire the next generation of RAF personnel and help them to follow whatever dream they have.
"It feels more normal to be at the shows we are flying at at the moment. As with everybody else, we stopped flying for a short period when the initial lockdown was on and then we had to re-introduce our training gradually because our flying schools are very perishable for this type of flying."
The National Aerospace Camp provides specialist aerospace, aviation and engineering training and experiences for air cadets. It started on Monday and will finish tomorrow.
Air Commodore Tony Keeling, Commandent of the Air Cadets, said: "It's been wonderful. We are finally back in the fresh air together doing face-to-face activities which has been absent for the last two years.
"There's been some inspiring stuff going on, and it's not every day you get the Red Arrows displaying just for you.
"With these sorts of events, what we're able to do in the background is showcase some of our more technology.
"It certainly beats another zoom call. It's fantastic, and I've got an enormous amount of admiration for these young people who have had to go through more than one academic year from home."
Several members of the Newton Squadron also attended.
Oliver Hemstock of Bingham and Edward Anelay of Farnsfield took part in various activities throughout the week, ranging from gliding to finding out more about RAF careers.
"It's been absolutely fantastic," said Edward.
"This was the closest I've ever been to them (the Red Arrows) and after being inside in lockdown for nearly two years, this has been extraordinary.
"A lot of people in my family served in the military. For me, it's not just about that side of things, but also it's about giving young people in the UK skills that they can use in every day life, such as first aid."
For Oliver, this was this first time he had seen the Red Arrows perform in-person.
He said: "This was my first time seeing them in person and it was amazing, it was so good.
"I joined initially because I didn't have that much to do outside of school. The thing that I like most about it is that there's so many people over the past few days that I've met and even though I'm probably never going to see them again after this, I've had such an amazing time."