740 (Whitby) Squadron


Below you can find the latest news from 740 (Whitby) Squadron.

The sky is the limit for two 740 cadets

FS Shaw and Sgt S Swales have both been selected to undergo training as part of the Air Cadet Flying Scholarship scheme.
Congratulations to you both!

March 2nd 2017

Cross country success for 740 Sqn cadets

Two of our cadets attended cross country representing Central & East Yorkshire Wing, Air Training Corps and came back with medals.

5th place for Sgt M Swales and 3rd place for Sgt R Beaumont.

Sgt Beaumont will now go on to represent North Region Air Cadets at the next round in the competition.

Well done lads!

March 2nd 2017

Pancake Making Night

Tonight (23/2/17) saw the Cadets work as part of teams to complete a quiz on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day).
Cadets raced each other to complete the quiz, to gain their ingredients to begin cooking their own pancakes.
Plenty of pancakes were made with a variety of toppings which includes chocolate spread and lemon juice.
Some pancakes were more successful than others, while even mastered the art of flipping get a pancake. No easy task using a Trangia cooking stove and pan.

February 24th 2017

Whitby Air Cadets Open Evening - Monday 10th April 2017

Aged between 12 (and in school year 8) and 17? You can now join the Royal Air Force Air Cadets! Come along to our open evening to find out what the cadets get up to and see some of the amazing opportunities available.

Flying, Shooting, UK & Overseas camps, DofE Awards, First Aid, BTECs, Sports, Adventure training & Field craft are just some of the many things the RAF Air cadets has to offer.

Our open evening will give you a chance to meet current cadets and staff and an opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

We are located behind Caedmon College (Scoresby Site).

February 21st 2017

Whitby Squadron visit Search & Rescue helicopter & The Deep

Today (19/2/17)  saw 19 cadets and staff visit the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter at Humberside airport. Cadets and staff were shown around the helicopter, a Sikorsky S-92, after a full safety brief by Pilot Jon Stanley.
Cadets enjoyed the visit to HM Coastguard and even got to watch the crew take off to undertake a mission before we departed for Hull’s The Deep.
Cadets and staff then enjoyed a couple of hours in The Deep aquarium before returning to Whitby.
Many thanks to HM Coastguard Search and Rescue at Humberside airport for accommodating us.

February 21st 2017

Cadets receive their Classification certificates and badges

17 cadets received their classification exam certificates tonight, and are in the coming weeks going to be moving onto their next classification.

We had several of each classification presented this evening which are as follows- First Class, Leading, Senior and Master Air Cadets!

Two cadets also received their St Johns Ambulance first aid certificates.

Well done everyone!

February 21st 2017

Busy Night on Squadron


Tonight the cadets were busy learning lifesaving skills by completing their Heartstart training and assessments.
The Heartstart course is delivered to all new cadets and gives them a basic understanding of first aid.
Cdt Kolley was also presented with his First class badge having completed his logbook covering subjects on the RAF, Radio, History of the ATC and many more subjects.
Below is Cdt Bateman receiving his Heartstart certificate.
Well done!

February 7th 2017

Squadron visit by RAF Fylingdales Station commander


2nd January 2017

The squadron was delighted to welcome Wing Commander Whiteley, Station commander RAF Fylingdales who was visiting the squadron for the first time since recently taking post at RAF Fylingdales.

He gave the cadets an interesting talk on his role at Fylingdales and his career in the RAF to date and answered some of the varied questions the cadets had!

The Wg Cdr was also kind enough to offer to make some presentations on final parade.

Sgt Beaumont was awarded his Silver DofE Badge and certificate,
Cdt Puckett was presented with the Cadet of the Month certificate for January and Cadets Featherstone & Puckett were promoted to Cadet Corporal.

Well done to all the cadets, and especially to our two new Corporals and thank you to the Wg Cdr and RAF Fylingdales for their support to the squadron.

February 6th 2017

Wing Cross Country 2017

22nd January 2017

Whitby cadets recently represented the squadron in the 2017 Wing Cross Country event. The event was held at the RAF station Linton on Ouse near York.

The cadets representing the squadron had a hugh success at the event, achieving two 1st place awards and one 4th place award. Overall, the squadron achieved 4th place within the wing.

This was the first time the squadron has been represented within the wing, and therefore the squadron would like to congratuate the cadets on their amazing achievements.

February 6th 2017

Squadron Bowling Trip

On Saturday 21st January 2017, the staff of 740 (Whitby) squadron took the cadets on a well deserved trip to the Teeside Park hollywood bowl, for a full day of bowling.

After a full year of squadron and wing acheivements the cadets deserved a break from the normal squadron activities.

The cadets really enjoyed the day!

February 6th 2017

Pantomime at Whitby Pavilion Spa

On 17th January 2017, the Whitby cadets and staff attended a production of Jack and the Beanstalk, performed by the ‘Apollo players’, at the local Spa Pavilion, in Whitby. 

Our very own Cdt Douglas, took part in the production with the cadets going to support him.

We would like to congratuate both, Cdt Douglas and the Apollo players cast on a great pantomime!

February 6th 2017

740 (Whitby) Squadron Award Night 2016

Congratulations to all the cadets who received Awards on 9th December 2016.


740 (Whitby) Squadron cerebrated our annual awards ceremony at the Spa Pavilion, with a 3 course meal. A selection of awards were presented to the cadets between each course. Each award represents an accomplishment of the cadet throughout the year.

This years awards were presented to:

Attendance - Sgt Sheona Swales

Shooting - Cpl Richard Beaumont

Community Commitment - Cdt Kyle Douglass

Adventure Training - Cpl Michael Swales

Academic Achievement - Cdt Kerryn Atkinson

Achievement - FS William Shaw

Most Improved Cadet - Cdt Cody Nicholls

Turnout on Parade - Cdt Jason Puckett

Sport - Cdt Robert Featherstone

Best Junior Cadet - Cdt Joshua Davies

Radio - Cpl Charlotte Wharrick

Best All Round Cadet - Cdt Olivia Hancock

Best NCO - Cpl Michal Swales

Congratulations to the cadets who got an award and promotions, and good luck for next years awards.

Photos from the event can be found at: 


December 15th 2016

Remembrance Parade

On the weekend of 11th November 2016, the cadets from 740 Whitby Squadron completed their four remembrance parades/services.

The first was at the Whitby War memorial on Friday 11th

The second was at the dock where four cadets and staff were taken on board the Whitby RNLI lifeboat to lay the poppy anchor at sea.

The third was again at the Whitby war memorial for the Remembrance Sunday service.

Finally, cadet and staff proceeded up to St Mary’s church in Whitby for a final service.

We will remember them!

November 28th 2016

740 Whitby Squadron pays respect at Whitby Cemetery

On 5th November 2016, Air cadet 740 squadron paid their respects at the Whitby Cemetery. The cadets and staff braved the elements, during the short service held by the Squadron Padre. The staff and cadets proceeded to place crosses on the War Graves.

Thank you to all that attended.

November 28th 2016

RAC Weekend 12th - 14 Aug 2016 - Linton-on-Ouse

On the 12th August, cadets from 740 Whitby squadron were taken to RAF Linton-on-Ouse for a two day squadron camp , giving many of our new cadets an experience of ATC camps.

In the evening, after arriving at Linton-on-Ouse the cadets took part in a number of sport activities, including football and volleyball, for fun, as well as improving team work and performance for future sport events. The cadets then had a meal before finishing the day.

On the morning of 13th the cadets took part in a team building exercise using the MTa STEM kit to provide the cadets with a fun activity to improve their teamwork and cooperation. 

In the afternoon, the cadets were taken down to the bases Fire Service sector, where the cadets were shown around the building, and vehicles, whilst being tolding about their activities and requirements on base.

The day ended with a trip to the local bowling alley.

On 14th the cadet traveled back to squadron, stopping on the way at Flamingo Land in Malton.

September 1st 2016

75th Anniversary torch arrives at 740 Whitby Squadron.

On 25th July the 75th Anniversary torch was delivered to Whitby squadron along it journey from John O’Groat in Caithness, Scotland to Lands End, England. 

The Torch then travelled up to the Whitby Abbey and RAF Fylingdales, before being safety handed over to 1323 Ryedale squadron at Goathland Railway station, to continue it journey. 

You can follow the torches journey here - http://www.aircadetsnorth.org/torch.html

CI Hyde

August 4th 2016

Wing Training Day 2016

On Sunday 3rd July 2016 cadets from 740 (Whitby) Squadron took part in the annual Wing Training Day held at RAF Linton on Ouse.
Cadets compete with the other squadrons in Drill, First Aid, Volleyball, Aircraft recognition and much more. Although no trophies to bring home this time the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all the cadets and staff who attended. Well done everyone!

July 5th 2016

Battle of the Somme Parade

On Thursday the 30th June, cadets attended a small memorial service to remember the soldiers who died during the Battle of the Somme. This year marks the centenary of the battle. The battle began on the 1st July 1916. On the first day a total of 19,240 British soldiers were killed. The service took place at Dock End in Whitby at the War memorial. Cadets were given roses and tea lights to lay down on the memorial to remember those who fought and died. At the end of the service a minutes silence was held to remember the fallen.

July 5th 2016

Whitby Armed Forces Day 2016

On Saturday 25th June, Cadets attended Whitby’s Armed Forces Day. We took part in two drill sessions throughout the day which helped showcase our drill movements. We also took part in the final parade which two cadets lowered the flag. During the day there was a flypast by various aircraft including the Spitfire. There were various of other stalls and other displays that went on during the day.

July 5th 2016

Wing Athletics 2016

On Sunday 15th May Cadets from 740 (Whitby) squadron travelled down to the Costello Stadium in Hull to represent the squadron by competing in an inter-Squadron Athletics Competition. Throughout the day, cadets of different age categories put a high of effort into their events, for which they were rewarded for their contributions, especially those who won medals; we would like to congratulate the Under 17 Men Cadets of our squadron for winning the trophy for this category with 222 points. Which made a significant contribution to the squadrons overall points of 449 resulting in a respectable  17th place out of the 29 squadrons that entered.
Cpl Beaumont – Gold – 400m
Cpl Swales – Gold – 1500m
Cdt Featherstone – Gold – 800m
Cdt Hutchinson – Bronze – Discus

Well Done to All

July 5th 2016

740 Whitby Squadron awards

Congratulations to all the cadets who received Awards on 15th March. 

The awards presented to the cadets are evident of the cadets effort and improvement throughout the year from within and out of squadron activities. Each award is considered and debated by the squadron staff and presented to the best cadet in each award category. 

2016 awards have been presented too:

Achievement - Cdt Douglass

Attendance - Cpl Beaumont

Community Commitment - Sgt Hunter

Most Improved Cadet - Cdt Beeforth

Adventure Training - Cpl Atkinson

Sport - Cpl Swales, M

Shooting - Cpl Beaumont

Academic Achievement - Cpl Swales, S

Turnout on parade - Cpl Wharrick

Music - Cdt Douglass

Radio - Cpl Swales, M

Best Junior Cadet - Cdt Catchpole

Best All round cadet - Cdt Booth

Best NCO - Sgt Shaw

The Squadron also presented two promotions, these were to:

Cdt Booth - Cpl

Cdt Voet - Cpl

Congratulations to the cadets who got an award and promotions, and good luck for next years awards. 

March 31st 2016

East Barnby Camp 2016

On Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March 2016 cadets and adult volunteers from 740 Whitby Squadron, (including 4 cadets from 739 Scarborough squadron) took part in a outdoor activity camp at East Barnby. Whilst on the camp the cadets were able to take part in many outdoor & team building exercises.


On Saturday the cadets were instructed on many activities, ensuring the day was busy and fun. The days activities included:

Biking through Dalby forest with their instructor Mike, cadets were given the option of what route to take, either an nice flat green route or a more challenging red route. 

Rock climbing on the Dalby moors with instructor Dave. On this activity the cadets where given safety harnesses and were taken across the moors. Each cadet then had to individually, traverse the small rock faces.


On Sunday the cadets were taken to Ruswarp to sail down the River Esk to the Endeavour Wharf, using canoes from East Barnby. The activity involved attaching two canoes together using one wooden plank and rope. With 2 people per boat, they then set sail down the River Esk. Later on down the river they were allowed to detach the canoes for the rest of the journey. Optional tests including paddling the canoes around 3 times on the spot, which was a great success.


Finally, I hope the cadets had a fun time and learned many skills during the weekend, and hopefully they will be interested in future trip with the Squadron.

CI Hyde.

March 7th 2016

Weapons Training Weekend 2016

On Saturday 30th January, 6 cadets of 740 (Whitby) Squadron took part in the Weapons training weekend hosted at 1869 (Middlesbrough) Squadron. During the weekend the cadets attempted their weapons handling tests for either the L98-A2 rifle or the No8 rifle.

The weapons handling test showed the cadets how to correctly clean and maintain their rifle, and the correct positions and safe procedures used when firing the rifles.

With the L98-A2 rifle the cadets were shown how to take the rifle apart, how to clean each part, how to put the rifle back together and finally, to check if all part were correctly replaced, safely fire the rifle (with no rounds).

At the end of the weekend, each cadet was individually assessed, and if they passed they were awarded the right to rifle the specific weapon at future events. The No 8 rifle  can be used at squadron or camps and the L98-A2 can be used only at specific camps.

Finally, at the end of the camp, the cadets that took their No 8 weapons handling tests and passed, were allowed to fire the rifle at the squadrons indoor rifle range, allowing them to finally test the rifle.

February 4th 2016

North Yorkshire’s Armed Response Police visits the Squadron

On Monday 18th January, the Armed Response Police visited 740 (Whitby) Squadron. The police showed the cadets a presentation on the activities of the Armed Response unit. They also showed the cadets the equipment often used by the unit, whilst informing them how and when they are used. The Response unit finished their visit by showing the cadets around their vehicle.

January 21st 2016

740 Whitby Squadron Christmas Party 2015

On 17th December 2015, Cadets (& staff) enjoyed their Christmas party which was held at the local Mini Monsters for a few games of Laser tag. The night was enjoyed by all and gave the cadets a chance to socialize in a more informal setting.

We would like to wish all our cadets and parents a very Merry Christmas!

January 21st 2016

Remembrance Day 2015

Cadets from 740 Whitby squadron have recently gone out into the community to help raise money for the Royal British Legion. Regardless of the weather cadets spent the day raising money by collecting donations by selling poppies. 


In the afternoon the cadets took part in the remembrance day parade, with the local Army Cadets, which took place along the Whitby pier road. During the parade two of our Air Cadets (CDT Featherstone and CDT Douglass) and two Army Cadets were taken on the Whitby RNLI all weather lifeboat to lay the poppy anchor at sea.

November 16th 2015

Scarborough and Whitby cadets attend Regional Activity Centre at RAF Linton on Ouse

In early October Whitby 740 and Scarborough 739 squadrons attended a joint activity weekend at the North Regional Activity Centre located at RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York.


The attendance consisted of 18 cadets (9 from each squadron) and 5 adult staff. During the weekend they took part in many fun whilst, educational activities.

These activities included:

Netball (boy’s included) at the stations gymnasium facilities.

A flight in the Grob Tutor T1.

Whilst waiting for their flights they had the opportunity to fly a Tucano T1 - the RAF’s fast jet trainer.

They enjoyed some team building activities using a Mobile Team Activity Insights kit which promotes both leadership, teamwork and initiative skills some of the key training the Air Training corps aims to provide.

Finally, they enjoyed some social time with some games of ten pin bowling where the competition was fierce - particularly among the staff, and a trip to the Yorkshire Air Museum.

In the end the cadets and staff found that it was a very successful weekend where they enjoyed some wonderful experiences and hopefully also made some new friends from each squadron.

October 29th 2015

Cadet Promotions

Congratulations to the following cadets that were promoted last night (19/10/15). Keep up the good work! Cadet to Corporal Cdt Atkinson Cdt Swales,M Cdt Wharrick Corporal to Sergeant Cpl Shaw

October 20th 2015

2015 Raffle Results

Thank you to all those who bought a raffle ticket from us and to all the businesses who donated prizes. The winner was picked during Whitby Regatta by the town Mayor. Winners can be found on our fundraising page. All money raised goes towards benefiting the cadets at 740 (Whitby) Squadron.

August 22nd 2015
<p>Summer raffle - Thank you to the Mayor of Whitby for picking out the winner.</p>

Summer raffle - Thank you to the Mayor of Whitby for picking out the winner.

August 22nd 2015
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Wing Athletics Day 2015
On Sunday 17th May, 18 cadets from 740 Whitby Sqn attended the Central & East Yorkshire Wing Athletics event at the Costello Stadium in Hull.
Events included Discus, Javelin, Shot-put, Long Jump, High Jump and various running events.
The facilities at the event were excellent and the weather was really good. This enabled 500 cadets from 29 squadrons from around Central & East Yorkshire to enjoy the day and compete well in events. Overall we came 10th. Cadets that won events were as follows;
•        Cdt Storr- 2 Silver Medals- U15 Boys 200m & Discus
•        Cdt Swales – Bronze Medal – U15 Boys - Javelin
•        Cdt Featherstone – Gold Medal- U15 Boys 800m
The cadets were awarded their medals by Wing Commander Wiggins.
Well done to all cadets that took part and thank you to the staff that gave up their time to take us to the event.

- Sgt Hunter

May 27th 2015

Sgt Luddington success on Junior Leaders XVI

Sgt Amelia Luddington from 740 (Whitby) is the first cadet from the squadron to ever be selected and complete the Air Cadets Junior Leaders Course. The Junior Leaders course is regarded as one of the toughest to pass within the Cadet Forces with graduates learning and developing skills such as navigation, fitness, weapons training, field craft and leadership as well as much more over an 8 month period.

Sgt Luddington started the course back in September last year when she attended a selection weekend at Buckingham TC near Grantham. From here she was selected along with 80 others to be on the course. After 8 more weekends of training and developing her skills, she attended a 10 day test phase at STANTA training area in Norfolk over the easter holidays. Over this time she spent 7 days in a field environment carrying out attacks and patrols around the training area and covering a distance of over 100km whilst at the same time testing their skills of living in the field environment. During the week, the Junior Leaders are also tested on their roles as Section Commander, 2 IC and as a Subordinate. 

Another section of the course was to raise money for the John Thornton Young achievers foundation. A Charity set up in memory of John Thornton a past cadet and Junior Leader who joined the Royal Marines and was sadly killed in Afghanistan. Sgt Luddington raised a staggering £650 with an extra £162.50 gift aid which added to the total amount raised by the  course of £24,500. 

At the end of the Test Phase time, the new Qualified Junior Leaders attended a Graduation Dinner at RAF Honington Officers Mess with the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. For her efforts in the fundraising and doing so well on the course, Sgt Luddington was awarded one of 9 bursaries from the JTYAF to go on a funded expedition to Ghana in the summer where she will be involved in a jungle leadership course at the Ghanaian Jungle Warfare School and will be involved in a community project to refurbish a school.

Being one of only 59 to finish and pass the course, Sgt Luddington is now a Qualified Junior Leader and has been awarded the Junior Leaders DZ patch and Maroon Lanyard. She has also gained a Level 3 ILM in Leadership and Management and is one of under 730 people to pass the course over the 16 years its been running. 

Sgt Luddington said ‘Initially when I got on the course, I didn’t realise how physically and mentally challenging it would be. The whole course was demanding with the 7 days in the field being something completely new but at the same time a challenge. I have really enjoyed the course and met some great people as well as having a lot of new experiences which I know will help me in the rest of my life. Grad. Dinner and wearing my lanyard for the first time were extremely proud moments.  I cannot wait to go to Ghana in the summer and develop my skills in a new environment as well as having the opportunity to help less fortunate children by refurbishing their school. Junior Leaders is a very hard course but I would encourage any cadet to apply next year and push themselves to achieve it’.

April 24th 2015

Gold DofE Award - Cdt Sgt Luddington

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. There are 3 levels that you can do DofE at: Bronze, Silver and Gold. At Gold level there are 5 sections to the award. Volunteering, Skill, Sport, Residential and Expedition. You have to pass all sections to achieve success - I have really enjoyed the challenges of the different sections. For my Skill I chose playing an instrument with the goal of progressing musically and gaining more experience. Over the time that I was doing my award, I had to practice lots to develop my trumpet skills which as a result of which meant I had some great opportunities including playing at the Birmingham International Military Tattoo and later on for the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street and at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea when Her Majesty the Queen attended to honour those who served in World War 1. I also became first trumpeter in the National bands during this time.This linked in with my Residential section, where in April last year, I spent a week with the ACO National Marching Band, leading my section and assisting the new cadets, making sure the welfare of my team was good. This was a great week in which I gained even more experience and met some fantastic new people and enabled me to play at Twickenham Rugby stadium and in the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London later in the yearFor my Sport I chose running and worked up my fitness levels over the 6 months. Little did I realise that great preparation for all the really hard new challenges of my Junior Leaders’ Course.

For my Volunteering section, I worked at my local sailing club and taught new people to sail. Over the time I was doing this, I achieved my RYA Dingy Instructors qualification enabling me to teach beginners and more experienced sailors including adults, children both able bodied and with additional needs. One of my most rewarding days was teaching a boy with cerebral palsy to sail and seeing the delight on his face at achieving.

In summer of 2013 I completed my Gold Expedition in the Yorkshire Dales with 5 others. This was a challenging week - 5 days of hard walking across all sorts of terrains with a group of amazing people I had only just met but had such a good time. The weather for this week was mainly sunny which made helped make the week so good but even then I still managed to fall into a puddle up to my waste. Much to everyone’s Amusement

On March 25th I was invited to St. James Palace in London to receive my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In St. James Palace there is the ‘Picture Gallery’ where the Air Cadets were being presented their awards by His Royal Highness. Special guests for the day included Levison Wood (Explorer who has a book and channel 4 program called ‘Walking the Nile’), Commandant Air Cadets Dawn McCafferty and of course HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

The whole experience from start to finish has been brilliant and I have learnt a lot of life and personal development skills from doing my Gold award. I would encourage any young cadet to have a go!

April 4th 2015



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