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440 (1st Manx) Squadron

Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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Welcome to the website of 440 (1st Manx) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets.



Our aim here is to give a flavour of what the Air Training Corps has to offer air-minded young people, as well as providing cadets, parents and staff with up to date information.


Being on an Island that is a Crown Dependency within the British Isles, we have to operate slightly differently from Squadrons in the UK, but we are proud to be members of Merseyside Wing.


440 is an active squadron with a dedicated staff team and our cadets take part in many different activities, both on the island and in the UK.  It is a clear reminder that the Air Cadet Organisation is one of the largest and, in our opinion, the best youth organisation in the UK.


In the RAF Air Cadets we have high standards and expect a lot from our cadets, but we give a lot in return!  For more information take a look around the website, especially the About and Activities pages.


If you are thinking of joining us - whether as a cadet or an adult volunteer - please do not hesitate to get in touch.  You will be very welcome.

We have a busy Facebook page for our latest news and announcements, so please ‘Like’ our Facebook page and share it with anyone who might be interested in us.


We’re also on Twitter so click here to follow @iomaircadets on Twitter.

Have You

Got What It Takes?


you aged

13 to 17?


Flying and Gliding


Duke of Edinburgh Award

Field Craft

First Aid    ...and much more!


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Three 440 cadets ready to fly

Are you
  aged  12-17?

What do we do?  Take a look!

Three 440 Squadron cadets prepare to fly.  Gliding and flying are two core activities of the Air Training Corps and we’ll aim to get you airborne at least once a year.


When can I join?  You can join any time between the ages of 12 and 17, so if you’re aged 12 and in Year 8 at school you can join now and begin training as a Junior cadet. When a cadet reaches the age of 18, they are appointed to the position of staff cadet and are subjected to the same regulations as adult members of staff. Service as a cadet ends, at the latest, on the 20th birthday of the cadet, when they become eligible to apply for service as a Civilian Instructor.   More questions?  Read on....