Flt Lt Ted Atkins
It is with extreme sadness that we report the death of our good friend and Air Cadet colleague Flt Lt Ted Atkins, who was tragically killed in the Dolomite mountains doing what he loved most of all, mountaineering.
Ted was an ex-RAF Officer who started out as a cadet with 2425 Squadron. Ted paid us regular visits over more than forty years, giving inspirational talks to our cadets, who loved hearing tales of his time as RAF Mountain Rescue leader, his stories of his daring expeditions on Everest and more recently his record-breaking skydiving activities.
Ted developed the TopOut oxygen system for climbers, skydivers and the military. This system dramatically reduced the number of deaths on Everest.
We will miss his impromptu visits and his enthusiasm for inspiring our young cadets. He will be sadly missed by us all and we send sincere condolences to Ted’s family.
Ted’s spirit and attitude to life could be summed up in one line from a recent interview he gave. “What do we leave behind, did we make anything better?”. He truly did.
What an absolutely great night for 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron at the Pride of Rushcliffe Awards. Facing tough competition the Squadron took away the first prize in the Supporting Young People Award category in recognition of the work of the Squadron in supporting young people and providing varied and exciting activities, experiences and training. In accepting the award on behalf of the Squadron Flying Officer McLoughlin recognized that we were very proud to have won in this category and against such worthy runners up. This award is not just for the staff, but for the cadets and their achievements which make it all worth while.The opportunities and training available at 2425 is mirrored across the country in hundreds of Air Cadet units and from thousands of adult volunteers. To quote the Air Cadet hashtag it's 'WHAT WE DO'. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS.
Big changes continue to happen around us at the airfield. The photo shows the demolition of the hangar as part of the major redevelopment of the airfield. Some things don't change. Flying, sport, swimming, BTEC, D of E, adventure training, shooting, parading, drill, music, walking, camping in the UK and overseas, canoeing, sailing, parachuting, remote control flying, etc, etc, etc. The Royal Air Force Air Cadets. 76 years young and still going from strength to strength. Contact us today to join.
The Victorious Swimming Team Collect Their Awards and 2425 Towels!
On Friday 10th March one of the highlights of 2425 Squadron’s year took place at The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club. Its annual Presentation Evening was attended by more than one hundred guests including cadets, parents, staff, committee and local dignitaries. Attendees enjoyed a three course meal which was then followed by the awards ceremony itself, presided over by Wing Commander Stuart McNeill MBE from Air Cadets HQ at RAF Cranwell.
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In late November, our annual camp took place at Gradbach in Staffordshire based in the large farmhouse owned by the Scout Association. We travelled on the Friday evening and on arrival we had tea and then had our camp briefing.