Saturday, 29 July 2017

August 2017 Squadron Training Programme

The 361 Squadron Training Programme for August 2017 is now available on the squadron website.

Click here to go to the "What's on" page to download your copy. (PDF)


Last Thursday, four members of 361 squadron were presented with HeartStart certificates having successfully completed a British Heart Foundation approved CPR course.
Pictured are Cdt Wilson, Cpl Kulik, Cdt Corrigan and Cdt Nixon

All cadets receive basic First Aid training when they join the squadron and can later progress to more advanced Saint John Ambulance approved courses.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Onesie Charity Walk

On the 1st May, cadets from 361 squadron supported the Heel & Toe Children's Charity which supports children with Cerebral Palsy & Other Physical Disabilities at their sponsored charity walk in Saltwell Park, Gateshead.
The squadron provided marshals at checkpoints along the course and drummers from the squadron band headed the walk around the park.

Some cadets modelled the latest air cadet uniforms which have a striking similarity to Telly Tubbies characters!

A number of cadets were sponsored by friends and relatives to raise money for this very worthy cause.

Beating the Retreat

Recently Flt Sgt Owen McPake, Sgt William Fletcher and Cpl Sam Dawson from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron once again headed north with a contingent from Durham/Northumberland Wing to join cadets from across the UK on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the ACFA Beating the Retreat.
Performing alongside over 100 cadets from all services, the retreat culminated in a phenomenal finale by the Massed Bands of the Tri-Service Military Bands and the Cadet Force Pipes and Drums.

Well done to all who were involved!

Monday, 24 April 2017

2017 Tri-Service Band Camp

Earlier this month six cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron attended the annual Tri-Service Band Camp at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh.

The Camp culminated on the Friday evening with a public concert in Portabello Town Hall in Edinburgh where the band, consisting of cadets from the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force, The Royal Air Force Air Cadets and the Boy's Brigade, gave an spirited performance of music for all tastes and the complete concert is in the video below.

The band will also be performing the Beating Retreat ceremony on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle (the same location as the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.)

At the end of the camp, Cadet Stefan Istrat from 361 Squadron was presented with the award for the Most Improved Cadet Musician in the Junior Band.

 (All members of 361 Squadron get the opportunity to play in the squadron band - No experience or previous music knowledge necessary!)

First Time Flyers

On the 19th April, 3 cadets from 361 squadron experienced their first flight in a Grob Tutor T1 training aircraft with 11 Air Experience Flight at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

Cadets Jubb, Jackson and Wilcox all had the opportunity to take control of the aircraft in the air and were presented with First Flight Certificates to mark the occasion.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Recent Presentations

Recently four cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron received a variety of awards.

From left to right: Flt Sgt McPake was presented with a St John Ambulance Activity First Aid Certificate which allows him to teach other cadets up to Youth First Aid level. Cdts Istrat and Ruddick were both awarded their First Class Cadet badges and Cpl Fletcher was promoted to Sergeant.

Lord Lieutentant's Presentations

Ten cadets from Durham/Northumberland Wing were recently presented with BTEC Diplomas by Mrs S Winfield, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear in a formal ceremony held at HMS Calliope on Gateshead Quayside.

Amongst these recipients was Flt Sgt Owen McPake from 361 squadron (pictured third from the right) who was presented with with his BTEC in Music for Practical Performance which is one of three BTECs available to members of the RAF Air Cadets.

Friday, 17 March 2017

New First Class Cadets

Last night, eight cadets from 361 squadron completed their basic training and were presented with First Class Cadet badges to mark this stage of their progression in the RAF Air Cadets syllabus.
Pictured (in no particular order) are Cadets Wilson, Starling, Jackson, Adamus, Wilcox, Jubb and the Atkinson twins with their newly presented badges.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Air Cadet National Concert Band

Recently Corporal Sam Dawson from 361 Squadron attended the Air Cadet Organisation National Concert Band Camp at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.
This camp is attended by selected cadets from all around the UK, most of whom had never played together before, and after a week of intense rehearsals the camp culminated in a final concert in Whittle Hall at Cranwell.

Cpl Dawson who is also a member of the 361 squadron band and the Durham/Northumberland Wing band (which won the ACO National Marching Band competition in 2016) is this week attending another band camp with the Air Cadet North Region Band making it a full house having played in the Squadron, Wing, Region and Corps bands!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

2017 Wing Cross-Country Competition

Last Sunday 361 squadron took part in the Durham/Northumberland Wing Inter-Squadron Cross-Country Competition at the Rising Sun Country Park in Wallsend. Unfortunately the park did not live up to it's name as the sun remained hidden and the weather was wet, cold and miserable throughout the day.

Nevertheless our team, consisting of Cadets Atkinson and Hunter as well as Corporals Mos, Frazer-Denham, Kulik, and Craig, battled through the mud and finished the course successfully and the photo shows them at the end of the competition.

Well done to them all!

Air Experience Flying at RAF Leeming

On Friday, 10th February four cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron went flying with No. 11 Air Experience Flight at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

Cadets Jack Fisher, Ryan Jackson and Alesha Ruddick all experienced their first flight in Grob Tutor T1 aircraft whilst cadet Akeesha Adamus had her second flight.