Welcome to
863 (Thurston) Air Cadets

Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences & making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) - better known as the ‘Air Cadets’. UK-wide with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 & 20.

We’re supported by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed with whatever you want to do.

The Air Cadets motto is ‘Venture - Adventure’ and our cadets know that it’s more than just words - it’s an attitude that helps you stand out from the crowd. As whichever career or course of study you follow, your CV will be greatly enhanced, and your ability to talk at interviews about interesting activities you have undertaken or lifetime challenges achieved will set you apart from your peers.

Interested in joining us?

863 Blog
Air cadets go flying!
  • Mar 20 2017

Those magnificent cadets in their flying machines! The afternoon of Saturday 11th March saw...

Amazing day at RAF Brize Norton
  • Feb 23 2017

What can we say but on behalf of the OC, staff and cadets, we...

Happy New Year from 863 Air Cadets
  • Jan 01 2017

2017 looks like it is going to be fun year to be involved with...

Christmas Raffle Winners Announced
  • Dec 23 2016

Thank you to all those that bought raffle tickets and for supporting our squadron....

  • Air Cadets has enabled me to try many new things and experiences! It's great fun and I'm very proud to be involved.

    Cadet Smith
  • We have seen a huge change in our son since he has become an Air Cadet, he has matured and taken on responsibility; the successes he has gain have proved to be tremendious boost for him.

    Parent of current cadet