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RAF Jets Fly On Baltic Policing Mission

The UK has taken up a leading role policing the skies over the Baltic states to deter threats such as aggression from Russia.

The Armed Forces Caterer Of The Year 2016

Each year the British Catering Industry recognises individual and team excellence of those within their profession with a range of awards.

RAF Wittering Runner Completes First London Marathon

Royal Air Force Wittering runner Sergeant Steve Green completed his first London marathon on Sunday 24th April in a blistering 2 hours and 58 minutes.

RAF Wyton 100

On 19th April 2016, Joint Forces Command Station Royal Air Force Wyton celebrated 100 years since becoming a military establishment.

New Season Begins For 2016 Red Arrows

The Red Arrows are set to inspire millions of people in 2016 after the aerobatic team was given formal approval to perform this year.


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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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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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Help me find more new RAFA Members

Started by Stuart Morgan May 8, 2015. 0 Replies

Brian Fare the Membership Support Officer of RAFA has placed this notice on Linkedin today:To all you RAF and ex-RAF types out there... please help me find more new RAFA Members.We have 1850 new Members so far this year, our best in 8 years. Your…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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FEATURE: RNAS Yeovilton gears up for Air Day 2016

Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset will open its gates on Saturday 2nd July 2016  for the Royal Navy’s premier airshow. One of the Southwest’s largest one day events, AIR DAY will offer an action-packed day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and plenty to see and do on the ground. Whether […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: More flights confirmed for Weston Air Festival

More spectacular aerial displays have been confirmed to wow the crowds at this year’s Weston Air Festival. The two-day festival on Weston-super-Mare seafront will take place over the weekend of 18 and 19 June. Flights confirmed so far include: RAF Red Arrows – Saturday RAF Eurofighter Typhoon – Saturday RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Tattoo Tickets fly out the door

Saturday tickets for this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo are set to sell out by the end of April, predict airshow organisers. Tickets for all the enclosures have already sold out for Saturday, July 8, and admission tickets are set to follow as the Air Tattoo’s Earlybird offer comes to an end on Bank Holiday […]

RED BULL AIR RACE: It’s first Red Bull Air Race win for Dolderer – and Germany – in Spielberg

Spielberg (AUSTRIA) – The first snow of any race in the World Championship era couldn’t stop Matthias Dolderer from capturing his first career Red Bull Air Race win on Sunday – and it was also the first-ever Master Class win for Germany in the history of the high-speed, low-altitude sport. Despite gusts nearing 25 knots, […]

RED BULL AR RACE: Spain’s Juan Velarde soars to first career pole at Spielberg Qualifying

Spielberg (Austria) –Juan Velarde of Spain claimed his first Red Bull Air Race pole position in Spielberg, Austria on Saturday, and he did it in dominant style, with the only sub-55-second time of the week. Velarde’s 55.803 was nearly a half second ahead of Austria’s own Hannes Arch at 56.254, while Australia’s Matt Hall was third […]


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