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Commandant Air Cadets to Visit 440

440 (1st Manx) Squadron) has been selected for a visit from the Commandant Air Cadets. More

Promotions at 440

Six NCOs and cadets with 440 (1st Manx) Squadron have been promoted to higher ranks. More

First Time Fliers at RAF Woodvale

A group of 440 Sqn cadets get their first taste of Air Experience Flying at RAF Woodvale. More

Nesscliff Camp

440 Squadron was represented in the parade and service for Castletown’s Civic Sunday. More

A week of intense training, fun and activities at Merseyside Wing Adventure Training Camp. More

On Parade at Civic Service

D of E success and adventure training at the National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centre. More

Adventure at Llanbedr

Welcome to the website of 440 (1st Manx) Squadron Air Training Corps.


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 about current and planned activities.


We have recently launched our new Facebook page, so keep up to date with news and announcements by ‘Liking’ our Facebook page and please share it with anyone who might be interested in us.


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




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 - as you will see here - the 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 Air Training Corps 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.

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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The annual awards dinner on Friday 4th February at King William’s College.

With Wing Commander Keane and visitors from Wing HQ in attendance, as well as honoured guests from the island, this was an evening to celebrate the achievements of individuals and the squadron as a whole during the last 12 months.









A full report of the Commanding Officer’s speech, the award winners and photographs are online now.

Three 440 cadets ready to fly

Are you
  aged  13-17?

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.

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When can I join? The enrolment age for the ATC is 13 years and 3 months, however cadets can join at the age of 13 and begin training as Junior cadets. When the 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....

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