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Welcome to 16F



Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the RAF Air Cadets. Better known as the 'Air Cadets', we’re a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 (and in year 8) and 20 years. 
We're sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. You'll also get the opportunity pilot Grob Tutor and Viking Aircraft and experience other Service aircraft!

Our Aims
  • Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people 

  • Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life 

  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship


16F Squadron was formed in September 1938 and Alderman A.J. Blue, Mayor of Wood Green, initiator and Committee Chairman, was appointed Commanding Officer in November. The Squadron then boasted 8 officers, 2 Warrant Officers, 3 Sergeant Instructors and 70 cadets. 

In the autumn of 1940, the Squadron had the good fortune to be granted the lease of its previous site in Alexandra Park, complete with wooden huts and with ample space for parades and drill. By 1941 the strength had risen to 150. 

Since then, the Squadron has relocated to the Army Reserve Centre on Priory Road. Today we participate in a wide variety of air & military themed activities. 

About 16F
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Join Us

As a Cadet

If you've made it to this page then you're probably looking for a challenge; something to bring out what you're really capable of. Well, Air Cadets is where you get to prove it - you may even surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Get in touch with the contact box below!

As Staff

If you're aged over 20 you can volunteer. That's it. No need for military experience or any form of previous training - we'll take care of that. We're just looking for suitable, enthusiastic individuals to help our cadets get the most from their time with us. The benefits of being a part of the Air Cadet Organisation are the same for volunteers as for cadets - the opportunity to do lots of exciting activities and develop personal skills and talents. Get in touch with the contact box below!

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