Flight of the Sentry

A Bedford Air Cadet had an exciting experience recently with a flight over Scotland and northern England in a Sentry E-3D AWACS with 8 Sqn RAF, a Squadron tasked with surveillance of British airspace.

Flying from RAF Waddington, Flight Sergeant Luke Denham, 17, from 134 (Bedford) Squadron spent the four hour flight talking to the 18 crew members on the aircraft and finding out about their roles. The aircraft, which was piloted by Flight Lieutenant Mark Chapman, spends many hundreds of hours each year flying in the skies over Britain.

Flight Sergeant Denham talked about the experience, he said: “It was really interesting to see how 8 Squadron operate within the Royal Air Force. I was grateful for the opportunity to see how this impressive aircraft is used. I will remember this flight for a long time.”

FS Denham had known about his flight since the end of 2012 when he was awarded Squadron Cadet of The Year although due to the operational demands on both the Aircraft and no 8 Squadron, it took just over a year before the flight could take place.

The Sentry E-3D AWACS is an airborne surveillance and command-and-control aircraft acting as an Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (EWAC).

After returning from Northern England the flight was finished with night circuits over Waddington.

134 (Bedford) Squadron Officer in Charge, Fg Off McGregor said: “The entire crew were brilliant, they really looked after FS Denham and myself, thanks must go to Fg Off Gerard Bourke for arranging the flight.”

For more information on 134 (Bedford) Squadron and to join as a cadet or member of staff, see the contact details below to get in touch.

134 Bedford Squadron
Air Training Corps
Shortstown
Bedford
MK42 0UR

Telephone number: 01234 743824
Recruitment Officer: 07782 224163
Parade evenings are Monday 19:00-21:30 and Thursday 19:00-21:30.

Source: 134 (Bedford) Squadron

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