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Historic RAF First For Cranwell

Photo: Photo by Paul Saxby Crown Copyright


Photo by Paul Saxby/Crown Copyright

In a historic first for the Royal Air Force, non-commissioned airmen and officers graduated together at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire on 4 October. The special event marks the end of their training and entry into the RAF.
The 91 Recruits, 106 Officer Cadets and 10 Commissioned Warrant Officers performed an impressive parade in front of their proud families, before witnessing a fitting flypast including a Battle of Britain Spitfire and the RAF’s latest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning.
The joint graduation marks the conclusion of the official RAF100 celebrations which have commemorated the first 100 years of the world’s first independent air force. As part of the legacy of the centenary, work is underway for a single point of entry for airmen and officers at RAF College Cranwell. The single gateway approach is based on the meritocratic principles of Lord Trenchard – the RAF’s founding father – who created the service on the idea of opportunities for all, based on merit and regardless of background.

 The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, attended the graduation as the Reviewing Officer.

The full dress rehearsal for the graduation parade of Initial Officer Training Course 55 and Beckett intake from the Recruit Training School RAF Halton, took place on the RAF College parade square at Cranwell on 2 October. Crown Copyright

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