Meet the Staff
What We Do
The ATC is a community based uniformed organisation for people between the ages of 13 and 20. The aims of the ATC are to:
We are not a recruiting organisation for the RAF but if you're thinking about a Service career, cadet membership will put you ahead of the competition. Many cadets go on to great success in the RAF. Around 40% of officers and 50% of all aircrew in the RAF now are ex-cadets. Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues. Likewise, if you chose a civilian career research proves you can go on the great things...employers just love the skills and experience that air cadets offer.
The cadet structure is based on the rank structure used within the RAF, being promoted shows your leadership abilities and gives you more responsibilities. We also have a full training scheme that can lead to real qualifications, this is mainly geared towards aviation studies, but a full range of qualifications is available.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in then please use the contact us page to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!
Meet the Staff
The squadron is run by a team of adult volunteers, each with a different role.
The squadron can trace it's roots back to 1942.
1923 (6th City of Bristol) Squadron ATC was established on the creation of the Air Training Corps from the Air Defence Cadet Corps in 1942. The Squadron was subsequently absorbed by 2152 (Stokes Croft College) Squadron ATC in 1946.
2152 (Stokes Croft College) Squadron ATC was itself established on 10th October 1944 and was first based in the Stokes Croft area of the City of Bristol. In the initial years, it led a transient life, also being based at Charborough Road School in Filton.
With 1923 Squadron now almalgamated into 2152 Squadron, the unit moved to it's present site at Pine Grove, Filton, becoming 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron ATC to more accurately reflect the Squadron's catchment area. The site at Pine Grove had been one of the many barrage balloon sites that protected Filton Airfield and on a warm summers day, the parch marks of the concrete tether ring for the balloon can still be seen in what is now Northville Millenium Green. The site had been administered by No. 935 (County of Glamorgan) Squadron, whose HQ was at RAF Filton and were part of No. 11 Balloon Centre, Pucklechurch.
The first CO of 2152 Squadron was Sqn Ldr 'Curly' Palmer, who had served with the RFC in the First World War and the RAF in the Second World War. It was his foresight and vision to amalgamate the two smaller Squadrons and form a larger Squadron that would better serve the area around North Bristol and provided the resultant Squadron with the stability of a permanent home.
Over the years, 2152 Squadron has had a number of detached flights. In 1986, it took over the administration of the Detached Flight at Downend (having been established in January 1962 as 1860 DF) and from 1989 to 2004, the Squadron had a second Detached Flight nearby at Westbury-on-Trym. This had previously been 2442 (Westbury on Trym) Squadron, which was then re-instated to Squadron status. Today, 2152 (Downend) Detached Flight serves both the Downend and Mangotsfield area and is based at St Johns Church Hall in Mangotsfield.
List of Commanding Officers for 2152 Sqn is as follows;
What We Do
At 2152 Squadron we take part in a wide range of activities, find out more here.
The Air Training Corps offers many opportunities for young people to get involved; build their confidence; work in teams and learn new skills. Knowledge picked up from structured lectures and first-hand experience enables cadets to get stuck in with activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure!
FLYING AND GLIDING
The ATC gives cadets the chance to gain air experience flights throughout the year in both powered aircraft and gliders; cadets over the age of 16 can further their experience by taking part in a flying or gliding scholarship, and may even get the opportunity to obtain a Private Pilot's License. In addition to this experience, the squadron boasts a moving flight simulator made from a Piper Warrior fuselage, which has a true-to-life fully calibrated cockpit offering a comprehensive realistic experience that can even challenge experienced pilots.
Discipline, team work and high standards - these are things that everyone learns from Drill and are all things that are very important in every aspect of cadet life.
Cadets can gain basic knowledge of subjects ranging from map reading and the Royal Air Force, to more advanced lessons covering military aircraft systems and propulsion; they can later progress to become instructors, and will have the knowledge and experience to teach other cadets.
We are lucky to have had materials donated to us by Rolls-Royce, Airbus and GKN Aerospace, which provide hands-on practical experience; these include an engine, ejector seat and various other components that are used on live aircraft.
After turning 16, cadets can further their learning and complete BTEC's including Public Services, Aviation Studies and Music. These are the equivalent of 4 GCSE's at grade A* - C.
First Aid is another essential skill you can pick up - train in this important area and you may be awarded a certificate from St John Ambulance. If these skills are called upon you could make all the difference in a real life or death situation in the same way that a few of our cadets already have.
At 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron, we offer our cadets numerous adventure training opportunities, and in the past year some members of our squadron have taken part in bouldering, climbing, coasteering, high ropes courses, hiking and camping amongst other activities; in 2014 our members are looking forward to mountain biking, kayaking and skiing to name a few of the things we have lined up! We also offer the chance to get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Ten Tors.
2152 Squadron have a marching band where cadets can learn to play an instrument including various drums, bell lyre's, cymbals and various brass instruments - we also welcome those with existing experience.
Visits and Camps
Members of the Air Training Corps can also gain experience and independence by taking part in various day trips, or week-long camps on RAF bases, or in one of our two adventure training centres - Llambeda or Windermere. Other camps available to cadets include the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing's annual skiing trip, and overseas camps such as Cyprus, Gibraltar, Germany and the International Air Cadet Exchange.
We instruct cadets in field training in order to teach them basic skills such as hand signals, field movements, camouflage and concealment. The squadron takes cadets away to training areas on weekends throughout the year, to put into practice the skills learnt and to have some fun!
A range of competitive sports are available for anyone with an interest (with or without previous experience) including netball, football, hockey, rugby, cross-country, swimming and athletics. Certificates in swimming and recognised awards such as the Community Sports Leaders Award and Junior Sports Leaders Award are able to be achieved.
Cadets can receive training on different types of rifle, and can fire these under instruction from a qualified staff member.