RAF College, Cranwell: A Centenary Celebration (Hardback)
'We Seek the Highest'
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We Seek the Highest has been the motto of the thousands of Officer Cadets who, over ten decades, have passed through the rigorous training regime at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, Lincolnshire. The words embody the College ethos: to strive to reach the tough standards demanded by the RAF, in the air and on the ground.
This book tells the 100-year story from the point of view of the Officer Cadets themselves. The College was founded in 1919 – some eighteen months after the birth of the RAF itself – with the aim of providing a cadre of disciplined, highly-trained officers, ready to lead the service through the uncertain post-war and post-Empire times to come. Since then, it has responded continuously to the UK’s political, economic and military requirements.
The RAF Officer Cadets’ world has thus been one of change. The author documents these changes from 1919 to today, overlaying the historical and social scene with the candidly related airborne and ground-based exploits of three-score ex-cadets.
The core narrative is based on the three years at Cranwell of 81 Entry of Flight Cadets, who graduated in July 1962 with thirty-seven jet pilots and eight navigators, having launched a curriculum-changing experiment in degree-level studies.
With a Foreword from an Air Chief Marshal former cadet, 130 illustrations, and a full index, the whole offers a cadets’ tribute to a world-famous military academy on its centenary.
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The writer has produced a really good book that is not only a splendid record of an important part of the College's history but is also a thoroughly good read.Air Vice-Marshal RAF
The book is even more handsome than I expected. The forward and prelude read very well; I now look forward to reading the rest! I feel sure it will be great success. Thank you for bringing back to life those early, critical years.Group Captain RAF
The book is interesting, historic, absorbing and readable – it should sell well.Group Captain RAF
My father has started reading We Seek the Highest and will hand it over to me in the coming weeks to allow me to read it! His feedback is very positive – he is enjoying the content and finds the writing style very easy to read and the narrative really draws the reader into the stories.Wing Commander RAF
Click here to listen to author interviewBBC Radio Lincolnshire interview with presenter Carla Greene
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