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The squadron was founded by Sir George Dowty, the Chairman and founder of the Dowty Group of Companies, in 1952 for the benefit of young apprentices employed by the company. The Squadron spent the first six years as a detached Flight of 125 (Cheltenham) Squadron until in 1958 it was granted full squadron status as 2322 (Dowty) Squadron ATC and by this time it was enrolling cadets from outside the Company. Todays cadets are still trained in aeronautical subjects such as navigations, principles of flight, aircraft operations, radio operations, etc. In addition, the cadets are encouraged to participate in various ATC inter-squadron sports such as cross country, swimming, athletics, football, netball, rugby, hockey, skiing, etc. In fact several of our cadets have aspired to excellent levels of achievement in sport, many representing the Bristol and Gloucester Wing ATC at Regional level and beyond. The cadets now have the opportunity to study for BTech Qualifications in Public Services and Aviation Studies, which if completed successfully will provide them with additional GCSE qualifications to those taken at school. Cadets are encouraged to participate in adventure training camps and exercises and in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. A number of the Squadrons cadets over the years have attained gliding and flying scholarships with some going on to gain their Private Pilots Licence. Although the ATC is not a recruitment instrument for the RAF, many of our cadets do join as a result of their experiences at annual camps at active RAF stations and assisting at Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford. 2322 (Dowty) Squadron has several ex-members who are now in the RAF or one of the Armed Services. One of our former cadets had the honour to be chosen to fly as a member of the RAF Red Arrows Team for three years. Others have travelled to various countries on international and winter sports camps. Opportunities like this are still open to all cadets today. Recently one of our female cadets was chosen to be a Lord Lieutenants Cadet and accompanies Dame Janet Trotter on official engagements.

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