1039 Squadron was founded in 1941, only to be one of many squadrons disbanded after the second world war (in 1946). But of course, this wasn’t permanent, and in 1950, 1039 (Gillingham) Squadron was reborn.

At the forefront of change, 1039 was one of the first squadrons to accept girls when new regulations came into effect in 1985. For the 44 years previously since the Air Training Corps was founded, only boys could enjoy the extensive opportunities and benefits that the Air Cadets have to offer.