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Inter Services T20 Lord's 2015

It is with great pleasure that the Combined Services Cricket Association can confirm that the Inter Services Twenty20 Tournament 2015 will once again be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday 11 June 2015.

RAF Named In Top 50 Employers For Women

The Royal Air Force has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015, which lists the organisations that are leading on workplace gender equality.

VE day memories and photographs required

If you served in the RAF in World War II, RAF News would love to hear your memories and see your photographs from VE Day.

RAF Typhoon Engine Fitted to the World’s Fastest Car

The Supersonic Eurojet EJ200 engine usually found in the RAF’s fastest Strike Fighter, the Typhoon FGR4, has this week been lowered into the chassis of the world’s fastest car.

RAF Engineers Build the World’s Fastest Tail Fin

Bloodhound, the 1000 MPH car, took a step closer to completion this week as its iconic tail fin took shape.


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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.


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Bring Blue One Back Home

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Sir David Walker - former station commander RAF Halton

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

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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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Remembrance Day 2014

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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


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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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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: Classic Jet Icons For Anniversary Air Day

From the mighty Avro Vulcan to the feisty MiG-15, classic jet aircraft will be out in force at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day on Saturday 11 July. Several will help mark the show’s key theme celebrating RNAS Yeovilton’s 75th anniversary, none more so than the world’s only flying Sea Vixen, based […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Tattoo Welcomes Delta Force

This summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo will feature one of the most spectacular fast jet displays on the European circuit. The French Air Force’s Ramex Delta team of two Dassault Mirage 2000N strike aircraft is set to provide a dramatic and noisy role demonstration at the Air Tattoo, which takes place at RAF Fairford in […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Plans for SAR celebrations at RAF Cosford Air Show

Organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show today confirmed more aircraft that will be appearing on Sunday 14th June, as part of the Search and Rescue theme. In the air, visitors to the show will be treated to a search and rescue role demonstration from the iconic RAF Sea King HAR3. The appearance of the […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Helicopter Extravaganza at RAF Cosford Air Show

Helicopter fans will be well accommodated at the RAF Cosford Air Show 2015, with news of more participants for the show on Sunday 14th June announced by the organisers today. Making a welcome return to the Air Show will be the RAF Chinook Display, showcasing the stunning agility of the RAF’s primary heavy-lift helicopter. The […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Shoreham Airshow included in official events calendar for Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary

The organisers of this the 26th Shoreham Airshow are delighted to announce that this event has been added to the official RAF Battle of Britain celebrations listings for 2015. “We owe a lot to our dedicated team who have put Shoreham on the map as one of Europe’s Major Aviation Events,” said Derek Harber – […]


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