Cadets enjoy thrill of flying

Cadets enjoy thrill of flying

THREE teenagers from 868 (Mirfield) Squadron enjoyed their first experience of getting airborne with the Air Cadets.

Cadets Adam Blake (14), Hollie Brooke (13) and Maxwell Senior (15) visited the Central Gliding School at RAF Syerston, where they each had a half-hour flight in a Vigilant motor glider with a qualified gliding instructor.

Flight Lieutenant “Charley” Delaney demonstrated how the aircraft responds to the flying controls and each cadet had the opportunity to fly the aircraft themselves.

Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant Peter Doubell explained that the three cadets had really enjoyed their fights and were all keen to go again.

He said: “The Air Cadet organisation is a wonderful thing for young people to be a part of; we offer a wide range of activities but at the very heart of these is of course the opportunity for flying.

"When our cadets get airborne, whether in a glider or a powered aircraft, there is a great emphasis on delivering the best experience for the cadet and this will usually mean giving them the chance to take the controls and fly the aircraft themselves, under close instruction.

"Later there are opportunities for scholarships to train to fly solo in either gliders or light aircraft.”

The local squadron meets at the Air Cadet Centre on Huddersfield Road, near the Stocks Bank Road junction, on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

For more information contact Flt Lt Peter Doubell on 01924 498 896.

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