Celebrity aviator Carol Vorderman will join up to 5,000 cadets from across the UK at RAF College Cranwell on August 13 to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets.
Well known for her appearances on TV’s Countdown and science shows, Ambassador to the RAF Air Cadets, Honorary Group Captain Vorderman will attend the historic national parade and musical extravaganza and meet cadets aged 13-19.
Also attending will be VIP guests including the new Chief of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, himself a former cadet.
As well as the huge parade there will be flypasts from the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Falcons parachute display team are set to drop in.
The historic event is to mark 75 years since the formation of the Air Training Corps and several units of the Combined Cadet Force (RAF), collectively known as the RAF Air Cadets.
Opening with a precision parade in front of College Hall, 350 cadets will perform a spectacular hour-long drill ceremony, before musically gifted youngsters and volunteers take to the stage for the musical extravaganza with compere Peter Dickinson - voice of the X-Factor. The day will close with a finale of fireworks.
In preparation for the parade, cadets will attend a prestigious week-long drill and ceremonial camp at Beckingham Training Camp, 10 miles from RAF Cranwell.
More information about the RAF Air Cadets, including how to join as a cadet or as an adult volunteer, can be found at www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets