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Road Safety Week at RAF Boulmer

RAF Boulmer’s Mechanical Transport (MT) Section delivered several events during this year’s Road Safety Week with the aim of improving awareness throughout the Station and local community.

Practise makes perfect during Exercise Agile Eagle 16-4

An area of RAF Leeming transformed into a remote Detached Operating Base (DOB) of 135 EAW, as they trained under the expert tutoring of Leeming's Operational Training Centre (OTC)

RAF Amputee ‘Reaches for the Sky’

A Royal Air Force airman who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident has become the first amputee to fly solo in a Spitfire since WWII aces Douglas Bader and Colin “Hoppy” Hodgkinson.

Inter Station Final sees RAF Personnel in the Saddle

RAFC Cranwell Saddle Club hosted the Inter Station League finals over two days in November. RAF Personnel of all ages can compete together against each other in one of the most inclusive competitions service personnel can take part in

RAF Recruitment nurtures talent on the Football Pitch

RAF Recruitment is proud to be sponsoring Colchester United FC Under 18s for the 16/17 season.


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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.


Golden Oldies say au revoir

Started by Stuart Morgan Oct 26. 0 Replies

Commenting on the recent triennial reunion at RAF Halton, Denis O'Brien, Deputy Chairman of the RAFHAA has reported that, "After the Sunset Ceremony the order was given to 'March To Church’, so marching behind our own Pipes and Drums Band, 'The…Continue

The Prestigious Victory Services Club, near Marble Arch

Started by Stuart Morgan Oct 26. 0 Replies

Members may not be aware that the Victory Services Club, near Marble Arch, has undergone a major refurbishment. It is now a very high quality establishment, which offers former and serving service…Continue

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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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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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CAA Consulatation on Charges including Air Displays

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is currently running a consultation over a proposed review of statutory charges. The over-arching review and the forms to respond to the consultation can be found here. More detail on the charges for General Aviation including Air Displays can be viewed by downloading the PDF from The BADA committee […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Cosford Air Show tickets make ideal Christmas Present

With Christmas fast approaching, tickets to the RAF Cosford Air Show are now on sale and they make great presents for all your loved ones. With accompanied under-16s entering for free and early bird tickets costing only £22.00, the Air Show is a great value for money day-out for the entire family. As well as […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Online System for Flying Display & Special Event Applications

From 1st December 2016, the Civil Aviation Authority will only be able to accept applications for Flying Displays and Specials Events, plus Unusual Aerial Activity notifications online. This online system will replace the existing SRG1303 and SRG1304 form applications and allow you to: Make multiple applications Save the form to re-use Calculate fees automatically Pay […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Cosford Air Show 2017 Plans take off

Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2017 are now on sale! The award-winning Air Show, which will be held on Sunday 11th June 2017, is expected to attract a crowd of 60,000 visitors to the Home of Royal Air Force Engineering. Accompanied under-16s enter for free, giving families an excellent opportunity to have a […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Scampton Airshow ticket sales take off!

Tickets are now on sale for next year’s hugely anticipated Scampton Airshow! Lincolnshire’s new airshow at RAF Scampton will take place on September 9-10 at the home of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – The Red Arrows. This exciting event, which will raise funds to support the RAF Charitable Trust, promises two fun-filled family […]


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