Sun, Sky-divers and Soapboxes; Inaugural Air Cadet’s soapbox derby off to a flyer!

Staff and cadets from all three squadrons with their soapboxes.

Perfect summer sunshine against the backdrop of Old Sarum Airfield provided the location for the Wilts and Dorset wing Air cadets soapbox derby on Sunday 11th of September. Teams from two other air cadet squadrons from across the wing arrived at the compound of resident 1010 (City of Salisbury) Squadron with their creative soapboxes for a fun day of racing and sportsmanship.

Red 1010 roars down the course!

The two carts of 1010 were joined by two further carts from 992(Malmesbury) squadron and one cart from 2385 (Melksham) squadron, giving the event a real sense of competition as the teams battled it out for prizes in several categories. The five cart designs were all radically different: A Red Arrow Hawk and a Eurofighter Typhoon provided a modern angle, whilst a Spitfire linked back to RAF history. A brimstone missile was also present as well as a cunningly modified office chair. Whilst 1010 won the judge’s choice prize with their brimstone missile design; one cart from 992 Sqn, a Spitfire fashioned from a kayak and playing music (all suitably aviation themed), soundly beat the rest of the competition, winning all three other prizes for the time-trial and distance travelled event, as well as the cadet’s choice for best design.

Flt Lt Suzanne Williamson, Commanding Officer of Salisbury Squadron congratulates cadet from Malmesbury squadron on winning the time-trial event. 

A BBQ and refreshments kept everyone’s spirits up throughout the day, whilst the skies above were filled with the drone of aircraft and the whoops of sky-divers as Old Sarum Airfield revelled in the summer sunshine. At the end of the day, Flt Lt Suzanne Williamson, commanding officer of 1010 squadron praised the overall winners of the day, 992 Sqn of Malmesbury, saying that “My warmest congratulations to the winners, the ingenuity of all the teams and their designs has been fantastic and in the spirit of the Eurovision song contest, the winners can host it next year!”


Article by D Thomas

All Photos credit Flt Lt J Gillespie, 878 (Highworth) Sqn.