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2015 Annual General Meeting of the RAFHAA at Kermode Hall, RAF Halton

March 28, 2015 from 12pm to 3pm
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It’s the Lead - Up to Crufts for the RAF Police Dogs

The RAF Police Military Working Dog Display Team is busy putting the finishing touches to their showcase performance for Crufts at the NEC Birmingham on the 7th and 8th March.

Hawk T2 Role Demo Team Launches At RAF Valley

Preparations have begun at RAF Valley to showcase the BAE Hawk T2 advanced fast jet trainer at airshows across the UK in 2015.

RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums 2015 German Tour

The Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington have for the past four years embarked on an early tour of Germany to take part in a series of arena displays as part of the ”Musik Parade” programme.

Atlas Delivers First Operational Payload

The A400M Atlas, the Royal Air Force’s newest airlift aircraft, delivered a cargo of vital freight into Cyprus this week on its first operational mission as it prepares for initial operational capability later this year.

Exercise Western Zephyr

Royal Air Force and US Air Force squadrons which operate two of the world's most advanced fighter aircraft are training together in the eastern United States .


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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.


Bring Blue One Back Home

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Stuart,AlII've com across this on good old facebook…Continue

Sir David Walker - former station commander RAF Halton

Started by Stuart Morgan Oct 16, 2014. 0 Replies

David Walker, who was station commander at RAF Halton in 1997/98, and a former president of our illustrious Association has recently been appointed as advisor to the Chairman of HSBC. Air Marshal Sir David Walker is a Senior Advisor at HSBC…Continue

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Started by Stuart Morgan. Last reply by Howard Dransfield Oct 22, 2014. 5 Replies

I can hardly believe how much Singapore is in flux. There are hardly any of the…Continue

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Gareth Walters (202nd entry) receiving palliative care in Norwich

Started by Stuart Morgan. Last reply by Stuart Morgan Jul 31, 2014. 1 Reply

We have just learnt that Gareth's condition has deteriorated rapidly to the extent that he has been admitted to a hospice near Norwich. He does not want any visitors.Dave Stirling wites:- "Hi AllSorry to say I have some sad news for you all.  Gareth…Continue

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James McCudden Air Power Heritage Centre (JMAPHC)

Started by Stuart Morgan Jul 18, 2014. 0 Replies

On 15 July 2014, Lord Trenchard, the Third Viscount Trenchard, visited RAF Halton to formally open the James McCudden Air Power Heritage Centre, (JMAPHC).…Continue

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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

Lands End to John o Groats cycle ride

Posted by Tony Rathbone on May 28, 2014 at 19:30 3 Comments

Cycle Ride completed Wednesday 21st May 2014. Averaged 63 miles per day. Total miles 946. Exciting adventure. Billy, my ride companion and I have raised over £4500 for Macmillan Cancer Care, St Clare's Hospice in South Shields and The Friends of Keswick still coming in..
Web site LEJOG.US has all information photos blogs etc. Billy is the computer wiz..
Been in the press, Daily Express, on local TV and papers. Something to do with my age !!
Tony Rathbone

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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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RED BULL AIR RACE: Red Bull Air Race Announces New Race Location

SALZBURG, Austria – The third race of this year’s air racing World Championship will be staged in Rovinj, Croatia. The stop in Rovinj will replace Sochi, Russia, which unfortunately cannot be conducted due to financial and organizational challenges. “It would have been great to host the first Red Bull Air Race in Russia this year, […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: ‘Zeus’ set for Air Tattoo debut

The first ever UK appearance of one of Europe’s most exciting solo jet demonstrations has been confirmed for this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. The display by the Hellenic Air Force’s F-16 demo team, named Zeus, is set to provide one of the highlights of the flying display at the airshow on […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Lift off for Shoreham Airshow 2015

Dates are now officially confirmed for the 2015 SHOREHAM AIRSHOW. AUGUST 22ND AND 23RD which will see the return of this award winning event for its 26th year. Derek Harber – Airshow Organiser was delighted with the response we had for last year’s show, which broke all records. ‘Aeroplane Magazine’ highlighted Shoreham as being the […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Mighty Vulcan returns to RAF Cosford

One of Britain’s most iconic aircraft will be roaring over Shropshire on Sunday 14th June, in an appearance dedicated to Sir Jack Hayward, which is sure to be a highlight of the thrilling flying displays planned for the event. Visitors to the RAF Cosford Air Show will be treated to a full flying display of […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Further confirmations for Welshpool 2015

  Further confirmations for Welshpool 2015 The organising committee of the Bob Jones Memorial Airshow at Welshpool Airport are delighted to confirm that the display schedule for this year’s show continues to grow. The following are all now confirmed to appear in the skies overhead Welshpool this summer. Cold war icon – XH558 The Vulcan. […]


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