Australian Air Cadets Alumni Network.Welcome to the website for the Australian Air Cadets Alumni Network (Alumni). This website was created after an overwhelmingly positive response was received from past cadets and staff to register their interest in forming an Alumni. The objectives of the Alumni are to: • Facilitate contact among former cadets and staff • Share information and news on current Australian Air Force Cadet (AAFC) Wing and Squadron events • Provide former cadets and staff with a worthwhile opportunity to contribute to an organisation they value, and • Help raise funds to assist extra AAFC cadet activities.Background.In 2010 the AAFC National Council Inc, formed an Alumni Working Group to gauge the level of interest in forming an Alumni. There was a very strong response from past members of the air cadet community and the AAFC National Council Inc established an Alumni group as a first step. The hub of the Alumni Network is a website and database that support administration and operation of Alumni activities. The AAFC National Council Inc is the organisation that underpins the Alumni and controls the website. A number of Alumni volunteers assist with the operation of the Alumni including an Alumni Director, Network Co-ordinator, Website Administrator and Wing Liaison Officers who provide regional contacts with the respective AAFC Wings.
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The Alumni is open to those who have worn a uniform as a cadet or staff member of the ATC, AirTC or AAFC and to former staff or cadets of equivalent organisations in Commonwealth nations or any other person who has or had a bona fide relationship with the air cadets. For example, current AAFC staff members may fall into this category. If you would like to join the Alumni, you can register your details here... Register to join the AlumniNote, for ADF members using DRN, you may like to forward your details directly to our Alumni Director or Network Co-ordinator including Surname, First Name, Email address, Contact phone Number, Postcode, Last ATC/AirTC/AAFC Unit and State (e.g 18FLT QLD and First year in or associated with Air Cadets.Change of Personal Details: If any of your contact details change please advise the Network Co-ordinatorNote: Since email is our primary means of communicating with Alumni Network members, it is particularly important to keep us up to date with your current email address.Alumni OperationContacts.TheAlumniofferstheopportunitytore-establishcontact between former cadets and/or staff. The website provides this facility through a contact list on the Bulletin Board. You simply email your contact details and the details of anyone you would like to contact to theWeb Administrator,andtheinformationwillappearunderContactsontheBulletinBoard. Those in the Alumni interested in making contact will be able to do so through the contactdetailsyouprovide.SeetheBulletinBoardforfurtherinformation.Alumni facebook page. Another great way of making and keeping contact is through the Alumni facebook page. This is a good place to find current news and information on recent cadet and Alumni happenings. Our younger network users in particular find the facebook pageausefulAlumniresource.LookforthefacebookiconontheHomepage.Newsletters. The Alumni publishes occasional informative newsletters and they are distributed electronically to all members on the database. All Alumni are encouraged to submit articles of interest to the Alumni Director. Past editions of the Newsletters can be foundinthearchiveontheBulletinBoardhere.However,thebestwaytostaycurrentonAlumni activities is through the Bulletin Board notices so please save the Alumni Website onyourDesktopandmakeahabitofcheckingbackwithusatregularintervals.Photo Gallery. Another Website feature includes the photo gallery where photos of your time with the Air Cadets can be published and shared with others in the Alumni. Those photosyouhavewillbeofinteresttootherssosendthemintotheWebAdministrator.Future Development. The website might also include a discussion forum in future if there is a demand for it. However, how the Alumni develops and the how the website evolves to support our activities is largely up to you, the Alumni is your organization. Please make the most of what the Alumni and website can offer and contribute stories, photos and suggestions. In the longer term, the Alumni may progress to become an independent body; however, such an action would involve agreement between those in the Alumni at that time.This website aims to assist with fostering personal links within the Alumni and between the Alumni and the Wings and Squadrons of the AAFC. This is being progressively achieved by the Wing Liaison Officers keeping you informed of broader AAFC activities as well as specific notable Wing and Squadron activities. We value your thoughts and ideas about ways to benefit the AAFC or the Alumni by contributing to their growth and development. YoucanprovideyourconstructivesuggestionstotheAlumniDirectoratanytime.
Alumni ContactCheck below to see if anyone from your old cadet unit is looking to make contactToaddyourenquiry,emailyourrequestedcontact(Wing/Squadron/FlightorCadet),approximatetimeframeandyour email address or contact number to the Web Administrator. These details will then be visible on the Contact List.To view the Contact List, click on this link:
Our Photo Gallery pages are continually being updated.Contributors are sometimes unable to recall all of the names of those shown. Check your State‘s page to see if you have made an appearance, or can help identify former cadets.
“75 Years Aloft”TheGovernor-General,SirPeterCosgroveAK MC(Retd),launchedthebookinCanberraon Sunday,28thFebruary,2016ataceremonyto markthebeginningofayearofcelebrationto markour75yearhistory.Inthewordsofthe Chiefof AirForce, AirMarshalLeoDavies:"We nowhaveit!Capturedforallairpower advocates to appreciate". View the Governor-General’s speech HEREView the Commander’s reply HERE
InFebruary1941theWarCabinetapprovedtheformationofacadetcorpsaspartoftheRAAFReserve.Itsprimary objectivewastotrainyoungmenagedbetween16and18whodesiredtoeventuallyjointhewartimeRAAF.Onthisdaythename 'Air TrainingCorps'(ATC)wasformallyadoptedandMrW.A.RobertsonwasappointedasDirectorwiththerankofGroupCaptain. TheoriginalstaffoftheDirectorateofATCcommenceddutyon11JuneandthefirstATCWingcameintobeingon12August. WingshadbeenformedinallStatesby1October.AlthoughstaffedbyasmallnucleusofRAAFpersonnel,mostoftheATC’s instructorswereunpaidvolunteers.By31October1943,12,640cadetswereundertraining.Althoughthisnumberdeclinedto 7,557 when the Pacific War ended in August 1945, by then just short of 12 000 former members had gone on to enlist in the RAAF. A brief history of the Air Training Corps (now the Australian Air Force Cadets) is here: www.aafc.org.au/who-we-are/history
225 Squadron are also trying to find the exact date that 25FLT QAIRTC was raised. So far, the closest they can get is Aug/Sep in 1995. Can anyone help with the exact date?Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
AnimportantroleoftheAlumniistohelppreserveandpromotetheheritageofAirCadets inAustralia.ThereisawealthofhistoricalaircadetknowledgewithinourAlumni membership just waiting to be tapped… and now is your chance to tell your story.InourlasteditionofAlumniE-MagazineweflaggedourintentiontorunanAlumniwritingcompetition to help the AAFC Historian further build the Air Cadets Historical Archive.MuchhasalreadybeencapturedinofficialAirCadethistories,butwebelievetherearealso manypiecesoflocalornationalaircadethistorythathaveneverbeenproperlyrecorded.We hopethatourAlumnimemberswillusethecompetitiontosharepersonalwritten perspectives(perhapswithpreviouslyunpublishedphotos)ofparticulareventsandactivities that they experienced during their air cadet journey.WhetheryouraircadetorstaffexperiencewasintheATC,AirTC orAAFC,thisisyourchancetomakearealcontributiontothe heritageoftheAustralianAirCadets,andhaveabitoffuninthe process by entering the competition.
Therewillbeanattractiveaviationbookprizeforthewinner(s)aswellascertificate(s)and theimmensefamethatgoeswithbeingpublishedinourillustriousE-Magazineandrelated websites.Indeed,allentries(winnersornot)mayfeatureinfutureAAFChistoriesand becomevaluablesourcesofinformationfortheAAFChistorian,whichisofcourse,the underlying reason for this Heritage Competition.
Can You help fill the missing pages?
ThewritingcompetitionisnowopenforallAlumni membersandwillcloseon30June2019.Further details,includingtheEntryFormandCompetitionRules are available on the Air Cadets Alumni Website here.
So dust off those old photos and sharpen the keyboards.It is time to start writing. We look forward to receiving your entries.
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Your contributions are most welcome. Please send your photos to: Web Administrator.Please note: 1.Photos must be in jpg, gif or bmp format.2.We will do our best, but photos of low resolution may not be able to be included.3.By submitting photos you are certifying you have permission to publish the material.
HerearesomeATCphotosfromWW2thatareofhistoricalinterest.Thefirsttwophotosappearina1943BookcalledTheAirForceLogproducedbytheRAAF Directorate of Public Relations. The third photo shows ATC cadets being instructed on the old Link Trainer, probably from about the same time frame.View more photos and items of interest of the WW2 era Here.
Saturday, April 12, 2014: Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, the Hon. Darren Chester (centre) officially opened the Australian Air Force Cadets National Aviation Centre in Bathurst. On display were 19 new gliders that have been purchased by Air Force ~ all the more reason to learn to fly.The Royal Australian Air Force has overseen the $5 million project at Bathurst Aerodrome. Bathurst will become home to a National Aviation Centre for 7100 young Australian Air Force Cadet (AAFC).“The facility will make aviation training more accessible for Cadets from around Australia,” Mr Chester said. “It will be used by Cadets aged between 13 and 20 years-of-age who will travel from all over Australia to participate in weekend and school holiday aviation camps in Bathurst. Bathurst was chosen as the home for the AAFC’s dedicated National Aviation Centre for its uncongested airspace, whilst remaining close to Sydney which will provide easy access for Cadets from around Australia.”
50th Anniversary of Air Force cadets. RAAF Base Fairbairn, Canberra (27 April 1991)
PresentationoftheAIRTCNationalBanner byChiefofAirStaff,AIRMSHLRayFunnell toBannerBearerCUOCampbellLetson from 16FLT (Moonee Ponds) VICAIRTC
Dedicationofthe AIRTCNationalBannerby Chaplain (GPCAPT) Jack Pilgrim
parading the AIRTC National Banner
The following photos were taken at the AAFC participation in the RAF Schools Aerospace Challenge at Cranfield Universtiy, as part of the Queen’s Jubilee year in July 2012.Participants are:GPCAPT Warren Bishop DETCDRFLTLT (AAFC) Lisa Karbon 3 WingCFSGT Eden Maynard 203SQNCSGT Tiffany Chapman 406SQNLCDT Dillon McGrath 315SQN
Photos and items of interest from the World War 2 era.
1986 Weapons Course RAAF LavertonFormerCDTCPLScottOliverhassentinthissnap.(That’sScottmiddlerowontherightandformer CDTCPL Dennis Majen, front right) Anyone else able to identify themselvers here?
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From Brian Candler:The group of “gentlemen” are the Victorian Squadron CUO Course and their instructors at RAAF East Sale in 1965. I can only identify myself (back row, far left) Hilton Lenard (next to me), Wayne Moss (next to Hilton) and Douglas Lay (back row, far right). The Dakota was taken 09Jan64 on a local flight from RAAF East Sale – a flight for participants on the Corporal’s Course that year, I think. The head in the Navigator’s astrodome is mine.
I was looking through my old documents the other day and came across my certificate of appointment as a CDTUO in January 1981. This would have made 15yrs 4 months upon appointment. Was wondering if this was the youngest CDTUO appointment ? I was on No. 11 course at RAAF East Sale. Regards Chris McGrath
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The last big GST camp to be held at Wagga Wagga. With the number of cadets and the JNCO and SNCO courses it was possible to hold a full wing parade.
Bill Kirkwood was a member of 10FLT Tamworth ATC 1971 - 1975. He attained the rank of CUO in 1974 and joined the PAF in June 75. He has since completed 37 years PAF service and is now in the RAAFAR (SEG) and working as a Reservist part time in of all places, Cadets Branch -Air Force in Canberra! His father - a former RAAF WWII pilot (B24 Liberators) was an instructor with 10 FLT at the same time. These photos - Bill (Cadet number 107413) and his Dad (FLTLT Bill Kirkwood Snr.) and then one of the Flight marching in Tamworth - ANZAC Day 1971
Russell Bryant (106541)CUO 9Flt ATC.1973
9 Flight Canterbury Boys High SchoolThe flight was always small mainly because the school population was around 400, and the majority of students wanting to join the cadets gravitated to the Army cadet unit that was also at the school.The flight compliment did grow as demonstrated by the 1974 image.Number 9 Flight naturally suffered from the dissolution of cadet units and never returned to the school.
1991-08-24 - SQNLDR Peter Phillips at 50th anniversary of Air Training Corps in Qld
QAIRTC 50th Anniversary function 24 Aug 91
Front row, right:Former CUO Don Smith.
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Darwin cadets on Anzac Day 1965 no 1 NT Flight
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On this day in Air Force history: 19410428 28/04/1941 Air Training Corps formedInFebruary1941theWarCabinetapprovedtheformationofacadetcorpsas part of the RAAF Reserve. Itsprimaryobjectivewastotrainyoungmenagedbetween16and18who desiredtoeventuallyjointhewartimeRAAF.Onthisdaythename'AirTraining Corps'(ATC)wasformallyadoptedandMrW.A.Robertsonwasappointedas Director with the rank of Group Captain. TheoriginalstaffoftheDirectorateofATCcommenceddutyon11Juneandthe firstATCWingcameintobeingon12August.Wingshadbeenformedinall States by 1 October. AlthoughstaffedbyasmallnucleusofRAAFpersonnel,mostoftheATC’s instructorswereunpaidvolunteers.By31October1943,12640cadetswere under training. Althoughthisnumberdeclinedto7557whenthePacificWarendedinAugust 1945,bythenjustshortof12000formermembershadgoneontoenlistinthe RAAF.
‘In October 1941, when I was seventeen, I noticed in a newspaper that the RoyalAustralian Air Force (RAAF) was to start the South Australian section of theAir Training Corps (ATC), a part of the Empire Air Training Scheme......WithinafewdaysIwasadvisedthatIhadbeenacceptedintheCorpsand,tomydelight,was advisedthatIhadtheprouddistinctionofbeingthefirstcadetintheSouthAustralianAir Training Corps.
The fascinating story of the first South Australian Air Training Corps Cadet.Click on book to view more details.
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Taken in 2000.Warren Bishop was the RAAF Liaison Officer back then, when he was SENGO 2FTS. Unfortunately, he cannot remember their names. Can anyone help here? Web Admin.
Warren Bishop with 725SQN Derby cadets at RAAF Curtin. Does 725SQN still exist?
Duetothelargenumberofphotosonthispage,aslideshowisavailable.Clickonanyphototo activate and click on photo strip to select photos.
At the time of the change from AIRTC to AAFC, in 2001, 7WG HQ moved from Perth to their new digs at RAAAF Base Pearce.
W. A. Dining-In Nights.
Contact EnquiriesWing/Squadron/Flight/CadetCircaemail/contact4 Flight North Melbourne1959-63Bob Gannaway16 Flight North Melbourne1960-64Dakota38@optusnet.com.au7 Flight Coburg High School1960-64Dakota38@optusnet.com.au19FLT (Perry Park then to Alice Street, Brisbane) 1959 - firstname.lastname@example.orgFLT Sherwood 1963 - email@example.comReservist/Instructor/Admin 1FLT Brisbane1961firstname.lastname@example.orgAuxiliary Instructor/ADF Support 34FLT/334SQN of 3WG since 199426FLT AIRTC Latrobe Valley Vic1974-77Warren.Bishop@defence.gov.auGRP CPTN - RAAF Aeronautical Engineer23FLT Caloundra19930400 249 528Jade Rogerson aka Roger Ramjet. Ex CUO9 Flight Brisbane State High 1951-1953 email@example.com Robin (Bob) Wilson8 Flight Amberley 1978 to 1982 Cadet firstname.lastname@example.org to 1988 Instructor 16 Flight, North Melbourne 1977 – 1985 email@example.com No.16 Flight Essendon (CO Albert Lindner)firstname.lastname@example.orgLinley Bignoux AirTC Cadet, 29 Flt Orange NSW1963 - 1967 Contact the Alumni DirectorPhilip Speet followed on becoming a reservist (ATC Duties) in 1967. He went through the "hard" years of the ATC in 1975-1978 before the organisation became the AIRTC 1978-9 - 12 Flt Newington College, Stanmore where he acted as Flight Commander after Vic Divola became CO NSW SQN until I went to Melbourne1979 - 11 Flt West Footscray as an instructor.1979 - 29 Flt Orange as an instructor, PLTOFF (AIRTC).1980-1 - 12 Flt Newington - Flight Commander1981-93 - 27 Flt - Flight Commander. (FLTLT(AIRTC); moved to SUSYD Neutral Bay then QF Base at Mascot after the RAAF moved out of Hickson Rdfollowed on in RAAFA.23 FLT ATC St Marys 1968 to email@example.com CUO (Rtd ?) Graham George Darr11 Flight Footscray1978 to 1983 firstname.lastname@example.orgMarc Barber