2077 (Pontyclun) Royal Air Force Air Cadet (RAFAC) Squadron has won the 2018 Marshall Trophy.

The trophy is awarded by Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, to the squadron that has been most successful in achieving consistent and sustained improvement over a three-year period.

Commanding Officer Number 1 Welsh Wing RAFAC, Wing Commander Bob Timothy said: “I’m very proud of the work of the Squadron to achieve this award. It shows that the cadet forces continue to thrive and, now more than ever, are able to serve their communities and invest in their young people.”

The trophy, which is in memory of Sir Arthur Marshall OBE DL, was originally presented to the RAFAC in April 2008 and was designed to provide an opportunity to highlight and reward the most improved squadron in the Corps.

Sir Arthur Marshall was responsible for developing his father’s car hire and motor business, Marshall of Cambridge, to one of the most highly regarded companies in the aviation industry – Marshall Aerospace.

With a keen interest in aviation,  Sir Marshall purchased his first aeroplane, a de Havilland Gypsy Moth, in 1929. He played an important role in the development of flying training during the 1930s, particularly for the RAF and was made a Master Instructor by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators in 1931.

In 1939,  Sir Marshall founded No. 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron RAFAC and remained Chairman of the Squadron until 1976. He was also a member of the RAFAC Council between 1951 and 1976. He continued to be the driving force behind the development of Marshall Aerospace until his retirement in 1989. Sir Marshall died aged 104 on 16 March 2007 but continues to motivate squadrons across the corps to improve and achieve.

2077 (Pontyclun) will receive the trophy at a formal award ceremony later this year.

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