RAF Air Cadets

Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the RAF Air Cadets. Better known as the ‘Air Cadets’, we’re a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years.

Adult Volunteers

We’re sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is also our Honorary Air Commandant!

The RAF Air Cadets is made up of:

  • Air Training Corps – The ATC is the RAF’s cadet force, divided into six regions, 34 wings and more than 900 squadrons within communities around the UK.
  • Combined Cadet Force (RAF) – The CCF (RAF) is our section of the CCF which is made up of cadets from all three services, coming together in approximately 200 independent and state schools across the country.

Our aims are to:

  • Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people.
  • Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

…and there’s one more thing – it’s a lot of fun!

Ready for a challenge?

As a cadet you’ll have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? No problem. How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? Normal for cadets. Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. Yes it’s a challenge, but that’s what life’s all about.

Get a head start

We are not a recruiting organisation for the RAF but if you’re thinking about a Service career, cadet membership will put you ahead of the competition. Many cadets go on to great success in the RAF (and the other Services). Around 40% of officers and 50% of all aircrew (including pilots, navigators and engineers) in the RAF now are ex-cadets. Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues. Likewise, if you chose a civilian career our research proves you can go on the great things…employers just love the skills and experience that air cadets offer.

Let’s face it – where else would you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a glider or powered aircraft when you’re 17? Whatever you do with your life, at the end of your time as a cadet you’ll be self-motivated, confident and ready for anything.

What are you waiting for? Join us!

2497 (Cosford) Squadron

2497 (Cosford) Squadron was formed as an Air Training Corps squadron on 1st June 1971 under the command of Flight Lieutenant Pybus.

Since its formation, the squadron has had many homes at RAF Cosford, as well as having had numerous Commanding Officers over the years.

Adult volunteers

Alike with all squadrons in the RAF Air Cadets, 2497 (Cosford) Squadron is run by a group of volunteers who each have a variety of skills and expertise to offer.

Giles Vince
Flight Lieutenant RAFAC
Officer Commanding

Richard Draper
Flying Officer RAFAC
Fieldcraft, Sports and Shooting Officer

Lee Preston
Flying Officer RAFAC
First Aid and Flight Simulation Officer

Rob Lofthouse
Warrant Officer RAFAC
Training and Discipline Officer

Shawn Preston
Flight Sergeant RAFAC
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Officer

Anne Burgess
Civilian Instructor
Finance Officer

Claire Cianchi
Civilian Instructor
Ground Training Instructor

Mary Middleton
Civilian Instructor
Uniform Stores Officer

Claire Pritchard
Civilian Instructor
Squadron Shop and Child Protection Officer

Jason Pritchard
Civilian Instructor
Fire Safety and Mechanical Transport Officer

Matt Weetman
Civilian Instructor
Health and Safety Officer Officer

Tim Shields
Flight Sergeant RAF

Mathew McNee
Sergeant RAF
STEM, Remote Control Flying and Leadership Officer

Sarah Mincher
Registered Civilian Welfare Committee Member

Ryan Phillips
Registered Civilian Welfare Committee Member


Civilian Welfare Committee

As well as the obvious military element, there is also an allied civilian structure that effectively acts as the backbone of the organisation. Civilian Welfare Committees determine the running of the Air Training Corps from squadron level through to representation on the Air Defence Council. Each squadron has one, comprised of parents, guardians and friends, its role being to assist the squadron’s Commanding Officer, raise funds and ensure the squadron maintains direction.

Robert Parry

Stephen Hucker

Sarah Smith

Steven Blakemore
Flight Lieutenant RAF

Nick Cook

Sarah Killeen

Sarah Mincher

Ryan Phillips

Don Rhodes

Rachel Vazquez

Ruth Wake

David Williams