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RAFHAA Triennial reunion at RAF Halton

September 24, 2016 from 10am to 5pm
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Stuart Morgan left a comment for George Rattray
"Hi George, 202 entry passed out one year later than you. Maybe see you on Saturday at the…"
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Derek Webster is attending Stuart Morgan's event

RAFHAA Triennial reunion at RAF Halton

September 24, 2016 from 10am to 5pm
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Royal Air Force Wittering and Stamford Remember The Finest Hour

Their finest hour was remembered in historic Stamford on Sunday as townsfolk and personnel from Royal Air Force Wittering commemorated the Battle of Britain.

Graduation Of Non-Commissioned Aircrew Intitial Training Course (NCAITC) NO 268

On the 23rd September 2016, family and friends watched on as Air Commodore Peter Squires, Commandant RAF College Cranwell reviewed the graduation of NCAITC No 268 in College Hall.

RAF Police Battle it out in Welsh Rugby's field of Dreams

It was the battle between white caps and black caps, as the Royal Air Force Police rugby team, took on their South Wales Police (SWP) opposites at the iconic Cardiff Arms Park, the home of the Cardiff Blues.

Memorial To Holme Fen Spitfire Pilot Unveiled

A beautiful stone memorial to RAF Wittering Pilot Officer Harold Edwin Penketh was dedicated in a poignant service of memorial at Holme Fen in Cambridgeshire yesterday.

Joint Force Logisitics Commanders Visit RAF Wittering

A4 Force Squadrons at Royal Air Force Wittering were on display on Tuesday when the Station Commander welcomed the Standing Joint Force Logistics Component Headquarters.


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The History of the RAF Aircraft Apprentice Scheme

This network provides a forum to enable all ex-apprentices, who trained at RAF Halton, to communicate. The Old Haltonians social network is open to ALL Apprentices who 'did time' at RAF Halton as a member of one the Entries detailed on the web site. The Entry listing on that site commences with the 29th Entry and runs through to the 410th Entry. 155th were the last entry to pass out (in 1993). Officially, Richie Waylens is the last brat to pass out of Halton.

The RAF Aircraft Apprentice Scheme was initiated by Lord Trenchard at the No.1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton in 1922. Lord Trenchard started the 'Aircraft Apprentice Scheme' in 1920 at Halton camp, but the site was not ready to accept apprentices until 1922 (See Tribute). The first few Entries were sent to 'RAF Cranwell' and the first HALTON Entry was the 5th Entry in 1922. Between 1922 and 1993, when the scheme ended, over 40,000 young men known, more or less affectionately as Halton or Trenchard 'Brats', had graduated.

The Government had purchased the Halton estate (previously commandeered during the First World War) on Trenchard's recommendation when Rothschild died in 1918. There were already ample and well-equipped technical shops in existence and it was near to London, a point in its favour since the Chief of the Air Staff believed that the boy trainees should be near enough for friends and parents to visit. On the other hand, Trenchard felt that officer cadets would be better off in the flat countryside of Lincolnshire than anywhere near London.

The badge of No 1 School of Technical Training incorporates a symbolic tree of learning derived from the beech trees typical of the Halton area. The motto "Crescentes Discimus" can be translated to mean ‘As we grow, we learn’. In planning the Apprenticeship Scheme, the Air Ministry clearly took their responsibilities towards the young boys seriously and it was considered necessary to provide some insignia to distinguish them from adult airmen "so as to check smoking and the forgathering of boys with men".

The four-bladed propeller within a circlet, to be manufactured in brass, was approved on 17th April 1919 and worn on the sleeve of the left arm, being, of course, highly polished at all times.

See pages 28 - 35 of the pdf file sota_vol1_2 .pdf for a good account of the start of the HAA scheme. The article is written by, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage KCB CBE (56th entry), who is a member of this Network.

A history of the culture and organisational heritage of the RAF can be found at this link HistoryoftheRAF.pdf

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Queen's Colour - RAF Halton

In July 1952 the uncrowned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth performed one of her first duties as Soverign by presenting to Number 1 School of Technical Training RAF Halton a colour. The first to be awarded to an apprentice school, and the first ever to be presented to an 'other' rank, when Sergeant Apprentice Hines of the 63rd Entry, received the colour from Her Majesty.

On 31 October 1997 Her Majesty presented RAF Halton with its own colour.


Life at Halton circa 1956-1968

Started by David Triggs Jan 30. 0 Replies

The Halton experience was very special to many of 'Trenchard's Brats'. Here is a new poem describing the three years through the eyes of an 82nd. Entry graduate. Remember and enjoy!  TRENCHARD’S BRATS: MANY YEARS ON (A glimpse of RAF Halton culture,…Continue

Lincolnshire was made base for RAF trainees as it was “so remote"

Started by Stuart Morgan Jan 11. 0 Replies

"...the Royal Navy officially opened Royal Naval Air Service Cranwell on April 1, 1916, which means that the present day RAF Cranwell will be celebrating a centenary of military flying this year..."…Continue

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75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Started by Stuart Morgan Aug 17, 2015. 0 Replies

Around 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes will take off from Goodwood Aerodrome to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. You can enjoy complimentary access to see this unique sortie unfold simply by registering online.The anniversary…Continue

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Air Cadet Ambassador Carol Vorderman holds a PPL

Started by Stuart Morgan Aug 17, 2015. 0 Replies

How many of you knew that Television personality and Air Cadet Ambassador, Carol Vorderman, holds a PPL, and that she is an Honorary Group Captain? Carol attended the latest graduation parade at RAF Halton as the guest of the Reviewing Officer and…Continue

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Does anyone recall the Vulcan landing at Halton in August 1964?

Started by Stuart Morgan. Last reply by Stephen Hopper Jun 17, 2015. 9 Replies

This article has appeared this week in the Bucks Herald. Do you have any…Continue

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New Address for RAFHAA

Started by Stuart Morgan May 24, 2015. 0 Replies

For those who wish to contact the RAF Halton Apprentices Association, please note the new address:The official contact address for the RAFHAA is as follows: ROYAL AIR FORCE HALTON APPRENTICES ASSOCIATION Building 412  RAF Halton Aylesbury Bucks HP22…Continue

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Medal review - HM Govt announces the following changes

Posted by Stuart Morgan on May 9, 2015 at 12:55 0 Comments

Following the Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review, HM Govt has announced the following changes to a number of campaign medal awards and criteria:


Berlin Airlift: The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘Berlin Airlift’ will be awarded for at least one day’s service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 Jun 48 to 6 Oct 49 inclusive. Applications for the new clasp will be assessed from 1 Mar 15…


Help the RAFHAA raise funds

Posted by Stuart Morgan on November 9, 2014 at 20:16 0 Comments

I have just raised £2.34 for RAF Halton Apprentices Assoc - Old Haltonians by shopping at TheTrainline Loyalty using

Remembrance Day 2014

Posted by Stuart Morgan on November 9, 2014 at 14:59 0 Comments

The Queen has led the nation in remembering service personnel who have died during conflicts, as Remembrance Sunday services are held around the UK. This article from the BBC includes a video clip


Reply to MAC of 48th

Posted by David John Smith on July 4, 2014 at 12:54 0 Comments

You lament the absence of 48th. I am "the good shepherd" of the 55th ( for 36 years) & note in the last of the Bill Kelley   " Haltonians", that Robin Webb commented on the latest of the 48th's annual reunions at a pub near Baker Street Station ( THAT brings back memories!), so they are out there. I suspect that considerably more read the Haltonian than are on this Web site- especially we oldies who find computing," why make it easy when you can make it difficult"! Dave 55th


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Welcome to the Social Network for anyone who is an Old Haltonian.  This network/forum, which is not supported by the RAF Halton Apprentices Association, is intended to provide an atmosphere of open communication, where each member of the network can share his or her own insights and opinions. To help achieve this goal, we ask that you:

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Ex-RAF Halton email lists

Chris McBrien (99th), who has provided a very valuable service to all Old Haltonians over the years, has asked me to post this note:-  

"Compuserve, in their infinite wisdom, decided to shut down the OurWorld service without telling any of their users.  This e-mail list will now be located at... …


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AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Tattoo’s USAF Tribute just the ticket!

THERE will be a distinct American flavour at next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford as it pays a special tribute to one of the world’s largest air forces on its 70th anniversary. The airshow, which takes place on July 14-16, will showcase the wide range of operational roles performed by the US […]

Outline Programme for the Post-Season Air Display Flying Symposium

The Post Season Air Display Flying Symposium co-hosted by BADA and the MAA will take place on 3rd-4th November 2016. An outline programme for the event can be downloaded HERE. The primary aim of the symposium is to assure and promote Air Safety focused within the air display environment. It is an opportunity to discuss […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Merlin Magic for Air Day’s Commando Assault

Six of RNAS Yeovilton’s newly-arrived ‘Junglie’ Merlin troop transport helicopters will take centre stage during the Commando Assault – Air Day’s scintillating flying display finale. These very impressive helicopters will also be firing flares for the first time at Air Day which will be a truly spectacular sight.  Joining them in the Assault will be […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Final Preparations underway for a spectacular RAF Cosford Air Show

RAF Cosford has been a hive of activity this week, as the military base prepares for its annual air show, one of the Midland’s most popular outdoor events. The RAF Cosford Air Show is set to welcome more than 50,000 visitors on Sunday 19th June, to showcase the work of the Royal Air Force, both […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Lynx’s Air Day Farewell Finale

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016 will be the public’s last opportunity to see the Westland built Lynx maritime attack helicopters in action at their home event. The show’s Lynx Farewell salute includes two special flying items: an emotive formation flypast and one last Maritime Role Demo.  Joining them in Air Day’s five hour flying display […]


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