Solihull Air Cadets officially number one in Warwickshire and Birmingham

On Sunday 30th June, thirty 492 Solihull Squadron Air Cadets took part in the annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Competition Day.

The day consists of the cadets competing in numerous different categories – from rifle shooting, banner drill, to ensembles/percussion against 25 other squadrons in the area, representing over 1,000 cadets.

492 squadron scooped up huge success, achieving for the first time in 4 years, the ‘Per Ardua’ cup (officially the best squadron in the Wing).

Other successes include:

1st Banner Drill
1st Banner Bearer (Sgt Garland)
1st Ensemble
1st Solo Drummer
1st Solo Bugler
1st Public Relations Media Comp
1st Junior Aircraft Recognition
1st Solo Aircraft Recognition
Best Sector in the Wing
2nd Drill (by 8/700 points)
2nd Fanfare
2nd Percussion
And lots more…

492’s Commanding Officer Flying Officer Marianne Aitken said: “The recent Wing Competition Day is the pinnacle of the calendar for 492 – months of hard work in a variety of activities generally pay off and this year was no different!

“Not only are the team representing the Wing with ensemble band for the 4th year but also the banner drill team.

“All of the wider teams performed fantastically on the day – aircraft recognition, shooting, drill, first aid and other music events – all put in 110% effort which allowed the squadron to win the Per Ardua cup – the best squadron in the Wing!

“A fantastic achievement that every cadet and staff in the squadron contributed towards of which we are extremely proud!”

The teams who have positioned 1st in the above categories will now go onto compete at ‘Central and East Region Competition Day’ in October, where they’ll be tested against others in the region – we wish them all the best!

If you are aged 12 to 16, or know someone that is, and would like more information on joining 492 Solihull Squadron Air Cadets, visit: or call ‪0121 744 9362‬.