Michael Foale, the British born Astronaut, will be visiting Cambridge City Airport at 5.30pm next Wednesday (11 June) to meet Air Cadets from No. 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron of the Air Training Corps who will be flying in aircraft of the Cambridge Aero Club.
Astronaut lands in Cambridge
Michael Foale, whose parents live in Cambridge, is based in the United States working for NASA and is currently involved with the joint US/Soviet Space Flight Missions. Michael Foale is credited with the most time spent in Space of any UK Astronaut and has spent extensive time in Space on joint US/Soviet programmes including the International Space Station. He attended Cambridge University and learned to fly at Cambridge Airport.
Michael Foale, who will be wearing his astronaut flying suit, will be talking to young cadets about his flying experiences both on Earth and in Space (!) and enthusing young people about opportunities for careers in Aviation and in Space.
Terry Holloway, Group Support Executive for Marshall of Cambridge and Secretary of the Civilian Committee for No. 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron of the Air Training Corps said “It is a very real pleasure and a privilege to welcome Michael Foale to Cambridge City Airport to revisit cadets of No 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron.
"We were honoured when Michael agreed to present the prizes to the Squadron three years ago at the Annual Trophy Presentation Evening when his enthusiasm provided enormous motivation to the cadets.”
The Air Training Corps was founded in 1937, initially as the Air Defence Cadet Corps. It became the Air Training Corps in 1941 and today with a membership approaching 50,000 is the largest youth organisation in the Country providing a wide variety of skills including citizenship training. Large numbers of Air Cadets gain Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and the organistion is the largest single participant in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the Patron of the Air League, which founded the Air Training Corps and is also Air Commodore in Chief of the Air Training Corps.
No 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron of the Air Training Corps was founded in March 1939 under a joint initiative by the late Sir Arthur Marshall and the then Mayor of the City of Cambridge, Alderman A A Spalding and Alderman Savile Peck, a former Mayor of the City of Cambridge. The Squadron received the very rare honour of the Honorary Freedom of the City of Cambridge in 1999 on the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the Squadron and each year the Citizenship Trophy is presented by the Mayor of the City of Cambridge to the Squadron member who is deemed to have provided the greatest contribution to the local community during the preceding year..
For further information contact:
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.