Bomb disposal robot and Spitfire are highlights of ATC cadet camp

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AIR cadets learned how a robot can be used to defuse bombs during a week-long camp at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire.

A group of 14 Berkhamsted youngsters joined 22 others from the Herts and Bucks Wing Air Training Corps for the trip.

They visited the base’s fire station, air traffic control centre, sat inside a Panther armoured vehicle and met the No 5131 bomb disposal squadron.

The squadron – the only of its kind in the country – helps defuse explosives found in the UK and clears airfields of mines and other explosives overseas.

Flight Lieutenant Elaine Porter, who led the camp, said: “The aim was for the cadets to have fun, try out new experiences, and learn new skills.”

Some cadets went around RAF Cranwell and some around RAF Waddington to inspect the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft used in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Natalie Whelan, 17, who goes to Ashlyns School in Chesham Road, said: “We learnt about the hardship of men who flew historic aircraft, such as frostbite due to no heating and cramped conditions.”

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