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Army cadets flying high from RAF base visit

PUBLISHED: 10:54 28 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:54 28 February 2020

The Suffolk Army cadets in front of a C-130 Hercules on the trip to RAF Brize Norton. Picture: JOHN TILLOTSON/SUFFOLK ACF

The Suffolk Army cadets in front of a C-130 Hercules on the trip to RAF Brize Norton. Picture: JOHN TILLOTSON/SUFFOLK ACF

John Tillotson/Suffolk ACF

Suffolk army cadets enjoyed a glimpse of life behind the wire at one of the UK’s biggest air bases.

The youngsters from detachments in Bury St Edmunds, Ixworth and Mildenhall were given a tour of RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

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They were shown how to use jump equipment at the parachute training school before being shown around a C-130 Hercules transport plane.

Staff Sergeant Instructor John Tillotson said: "The idea was to show them what the RAF does in relation to the other services and they really enjoyed it.

"They went into the back of the Hercules where a loadmaster explained what his job involves, then they met a flight technician who did the same with how the engines work.

"It was great for the kids as they don't often get a chance to do this sort of stuff, so we are very grateful to the Royal Air Force for all their help."

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