Squadron Leader John Merriman (RAF Rtd) has been appointed as President of 1260 Squadron Newark & District Air Cadets.
John is a former Air Cadet who went on to have a successful career in the Royal Air Force.
On taking up the position John said “I am honoured to have been invited to take up the position of President of the Squadron where I was an Air Cadet from 1959 until 1966. I attained the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant, qualified as a RAF Marksman, obtained Gliding Licences and attended various summer camps. Today’s Cadets may make much greater use of technology for their learning and communications but, like I did, they still get a thrill from flying and gliding and enjoy participating in activities such as sport and parades”.
John joined the RAF in 1966 and served on a range of air bases in the UK and overseas before retiring from the Royal Air Force in April 1999 after completing 33 years’ service. However, John soon returned to RAF Service as a Civil Servant at RAF Newton Air Traffic Control. Following a move to RAF Scampton, John finally hung up his headset for the last time at the end of August 2014, having completed another fifteen years in uniform. Forty eight years in total. John has taken every opportunity to fly and has now accumulated a list of 126 aircraft types or variants in his Log Book, including a Vulcan B1A, Canberras, Comets, Tucanos, a Hot Air Balloon and eight flights in the Hawk T1A.
1260 Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Martin Derbyshire said “I am delighted that John has consented to become President of Newark & District Air Cadets. This is an Honorary position where we seek someone of status who offers experience, influence and advice as well as helping to increase the profile of the group and John certainly fits the bill in all respects”.