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History of Aviation at Cosford - Part 3

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The arrival of 3 new types of apprentice in September 1964 began a further series of changes at RAF Cosford. The training featured a one-year craft apprenticeship for telegraphers, a two-year course for electronic fitters and the elite Technician Apprentices on a three-year course.

Technical training dominated the Apprentice training programme, but drill, ceremonial, physical and character training all played their part. Ceremonial duties have included Royal visits, route lining parades for state visits and the Freedom of Wolverhampton ceremonies. These changes also included replacing many of the old wooden buildings with brick buildings. New messes and barrack blocks were built and the domestic facilities improved.

The eventual phasing out of one and two-year craft apprenticeships marked the end of another phase of apprentice training. In 1976 a new scheme was introduced; three-year training for Electronic Technicians Air Communications and Air Radar and Flight Systems. Cosford trains technicians for both the RAF and the armed forces of other countries.