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Welcome to 447 (Henley-on-Thames) Squadron

Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something special to give you the edge in life? The Air Cadets are a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 13 and 20 years.  As a cadet at Henley-on-Thames you will have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. If you want real flight experience then you will get it in our fleet of training aircraft and gliders. A gliding scholarship at age 16 means you could be flying solo before you can drive a car!  How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? This is normal for cadets. Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. It’s exciting and challenging, but isn’t that what life’s all about?

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

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, in a civilian career, our research proves you can go on to great things; employers just love the skills and experience that Air Cadets offer.

Where else would you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a glider at 16 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!