Trent Wing was formed in 1999, through merging units of Lincolnshire Wing and East Midlands Wing. The expansion saw the Wing grow to 32 units covering 5 counties in the heart of the UK, making it one of the biggest geographically and in terms of cadets and staff. The wing has gone from strength to strength, being at the forefront of development and offering the full range of cadet activities and staff development available within the RAFAC.
The Wing Crest (left) was designed and approved. The Green and Blue symbolising the Rolling Fields and Hills and the river Trent, which runs through the Wing, with the 32 links in the chain representing all the units in the Wing. 'Unitas' was chosen as the wording, meaning 'Unity'.
In 2022 with a realignment of units, we are now 28 strong and spread across 3 counties. Check the map at the bottom of the page for address details. Please also note that there may be another Squadron near to you covered by another wing too!
The Officer Commanding Trent Wing ATC is Wing Commander Daniel Withnall. He took his appointment on the 10th April 2021, from Wing Commander Tony Wright. Wg Cdr Withnall has previously been a Squadron Commander within Trent Wing, Commanding 1265 (Horncastle) Squadron, before moving onto Wing Staff, having held various roles including the Wing Training Officer and Deputy OC Wing. After a brief 9 month tour as the Central and East Region Training Officer he returned to his roots as the Officer Commanding Trent Wing.
Wg Cdr D WITHNALL RAFAC
The RAFAC is a Ministry of Defence Sponsored Cadet Organisation, funded partly by the MOD and gives our staff and cadets access to many unique opportunities from Flying and Gliding to Target Shooting. Some are shown below!
Your Chance to Take to the Skies
We have a whole host of Flying opportunities for you, from taking the controls on an Air Experience Flight, to Flying Scholarships, leading towards a Private Pilots Licence. You also get the chance to fly in current Military Aircraft, which could potentially include Fast Jets like Typhoon or Hawk.
Hone your Target Shooting Skills
Target Shooting teaches both discipline, safety and encourages competition and achievement. You will get the opportunity to learn how to use various target rifles in a controlled environment. Starting with Air Rifles and moving through a range of other rifles to develop your skills, take part in competitions and instruction.
Adventure Training in the Outdoors
AT is a great chance to build leadership and Teamworking skills. Whether through the Duke of Edinburghs Award Scheme or various other opportunities, including Climbing, Abseiling, Watersports, Exepeditions or obtaining Instructor Qualifications. We have lots of chances to test your abilities.
Whether your competative or not
Fitness is important, but you dont need to be an Athlete to take part. We have a host of sporting activities to take part in at Squadron, Wing and Corps Level, if you are competative! From Athletics, Rugby, Football, Netball, Hockey, Cross Country Running, there is something for all to get involved with!
Experience pure Silent Flight
You will have the opportunity to learn how to fly Gliders from Experience Flights all the way through to becoming a fully fledged Gliding Instructor if you make the grade. Each flight is progressive starting with training on our Part Task Trainers (Simulators) then developing your skills and knowledge in the air.
A host of experiences await
As a cadet or as an Adult Volunteer a host of camps and activities await you. From specialist Aerospace and STEM camps, Station based camps, Fieldcraft Camps there is something to interest everyone. The majority are based in the UK, but we also take part in International camps across the world, offering more challenges.