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Roy Arthur Fuller

I've just taken a phone call from the daughter of Roy Arthur Fuller. Roy died last Friday aged 79…See More
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RAF Typhoons intercept Russian bombers approaching UK airspace

RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon fighter aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to monitor two Russian planes approaching UK airspace.

Royal Air Force helicopters begin operations with French military in Mali

RAF Odiham based Chinooks have been deployed to Mali in support of the French military.

RAF Mountaineering expedition completes successful first British ascent

Members of the Royal Air Force make the first British ascent of Mount Langdung (6357m) in Nepal, making their own route up.

Engineers and Technicians at Royal Air Force Wittering are supporting military exercises in the deserts of Oman.

This exercise will test the UK and Oman’s ability to operate together in harsh desert conditions through the deployment of a Coalition Joint Task Force. 

 

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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 http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk 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

NOTE:- Acrobat Reader is needed to read pdf files. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge from the SAFE LINK TO ACROBAT READER DOWNLOAD

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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Roy Arthur Fuller

Started by Stuart Morgan Jul 31. 0 Replies

I've just taken a phone call from the daughter of Roy Arthur Fuller. Roy died last Friday aged 79 years. Roy enlisted as a Halton brat on 11 May 1954, and is thought to have been a member of 77th entry. He left the RAF in the rank of J/T after…Continue

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Passing of Polish Apprentice

Started by peter allen. Last reply by Stuart Morgan Apr 4. 1 Reply

Today’s Guardian Journal page 9  reports the death of Stefan Petrusewicz as the youngest RAF Apprentice. Also one of the few who went on to gain a PhD.Continue

RAF Halton to close

Started by Stuart Morgan. Last reply by Paul Hern Dec 11, 2016. 4 Replies

Even hotter off the Press.SirsThe Station Commander Gp Capt Brayshaw has kindly phoned me. Here it is from the "Horses Mouth"a. S of S signed plan off on 7 Dec as an element of the MoD estate rationalisation programme following AFB recommendation.b.…Continue

Golden Oldies say au revoir

Started by Stuart Morgan Oct 26, 2016. 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, 2016. 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, 2016. 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

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RAFA Stamford & District

Posted by Noel Jones on May 6, 2014 at 10:24 0 Comments

Anybody living or moving to Stamford or district the local Branch of RAFA now have a new presence on the web at http://rafastamford.webplus.net please join us. 

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

90th Anniversary bash.

Posted by Robert David Heyhoe on January 23, 2012 at 11:59 1 Comment

Come on you guys get signed up for the big bash in May, especially ex 90th Entry brats.

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29975518

 

 
 
 

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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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Created by Stuart Morgan Sep 10, 2009 at 5:49pm. Last updated by Stuart Morgan Dec 19, 2012.

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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Created by Stuart Morgan Aug 17, 2009 at 10:54am. Last updated by Stuart Morgan Oct 21, 2009.

Commandants No1SoTT

Created by Stuart Morgan Aug 15, 2009 at 1:29pm. Last updated by Stuart Morgan Aug 15, 2009.

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Update to CAA response to AAIB Recommendation 2017-007

As part of the comprehensive review of civil air display safety following the tragic Shoreham Airshow accident, the Civil Aviation Authority has published an update to their response to AAIB Recommendation 2017-007. FACTOR F5/2018: Accident to Hawker Hunter T7, G-BXFI, near Shoreham Airport, West Sussex, on 22 August 2015

Civil Aviation Authority responses to AAIB Recommendations 2015-044, 2016-041, 2017-006 and 2017-007

As part of the comprehensive review of civil air display safety following the tragic Shoreham Airshow accident, the Civil Aviation Authority have published a response to AAIB Recommendations 2015-044, 2016-041, 2017-006 and 2017-007. CAP1696: CAA response to AAIB Recommendation 2015-044 CAP1697: CAA response to AAIB Recommendation 2016-041 CAP1698: CAA response to AAIB Recommendation 2017-006 CAP1699: […]

CAP1694: Human Factors in Air Displays: Transfer of Behaviours and Error Path Study

The Civil Aviation Authority have today published the Health and Safety Laboratory’s final report into Human Factors in Air Displays: Transfer of Behaviours and Error Path Study, which the CAA commissioned. The research aims to enhance understanding of the error paths that lead to flying display accidents, focusing on Single Engine Piston and Jet Powered aeroplanes. CAP1694: Human Factors in Air […]

CAA/MAA 2018 Mid Season Update

The CAA and MAA have published a joint 2018 Mid-Season Update as CAP1689. Click Here to view the update

Upcoming CAA/MAA Flying Display Symposia and FDD Accreditation Course

The Civil Aviation Authority has announced the dates of the forthcoming Post and Pre Season Flying Dipslay Symposia and FDD Accreditation Course via its SkyWise Alert service:- 2018 Post Season Flying Display Symposium – http://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Displays,-events-and-activities/Display-symposia-events/ The 2018 Post-Season Symposium will be held on 7 and 8 November 2018 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon. […]

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