Air cadets from 148 (Barnsley) Squadron ATC recently visited Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire.
Although now privately owned Bruntingthorpe has a significant aviation heritage having been initially constructed in 1942 for use by the heavy bombers of World War II. After the war the airfield was used for the top secret test flying of the jet propelled aircraft by Frank Whittles’ Powerjets Ltd.
In the 1950’s Bruntingthorpe was allocated by the MOD for redevelopment and a completely new airfield was constructed for use by the largest nuclear bombers of the United States Air Force. It is this infrastructure with its 3.2 km long runway which remains intact to this day, although the emphasis of activity nowadays is very much the automotive sector.
The current owners have encouraged the growth of the Cold War Jets Collection, which is open for visits by members of the public on every Sunday throughout the year. The jets are mostly maintained in full working condition and twice a year they are taxied under full power at the Cold War Jets Open Days.
Cadet Katie Booth, who has recently joined the air cadets, was one of the visitors and had this to say about the experience:
On Sunday 26th August 2018 I experienced my first outing as a cadet! We went to Bruntingthorpe for the Cold War Jets day and it was amazing.
Even though the weather wasn’t ideal, as it rained all day, we watched jets perform fast taxies along the runway, such as the Lightning, the Victor and the Nimrod, plus many others
Throughout the day we also had the opportunity to look around various aircraft such as the VC10, as well as speak to the pilots who had been taxiing the aircraft. I also had the chance to go and have a ride in a Lightning, which when it was in service could could travel at 1,312 miles per hour.
I couldn’t believe I had the chance to ride in a Lightning from the start of the runway to the hanger where it is stored (2 miles in total). I will always remember the memories of this experience. I also enjoyed spending time with cadets from my squadron.
View a selection of pictures of the day on our Gallery page here.
If you’re a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people consider joining the Air Training Corps. Every year nearly 56,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country. To learn more about the Air Training Corps click here. To contact 148 (Barnsley) Squadron ATC email [email protected].