Red Arrows Pilot Visits Sheffield Air Cadets
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By Flying Officer Mike Hiley RAF VR(T) - 366 (King Ecgbert) Squadron
On Thursday 6th February, Flight Lieutenant Steve Morris of the Royal Air Forces Aerobatic team, The Red Arrows, visited a large gathering of Sheffield based air cadets.
Steve, who is an ex cadet of both 366 King Ecgbert Squadron and 860 squadron and currently Red 5 with the team gave an excellent presentation to the 60+ cadets and staff who had assembled at 366 squadrons HQ at Bailey Barracks, Greenhill. The presentation consisted of a detailed look at how the Red Arrows operate, with their training, selection process and very busy display season throughout the summer months.
Flt Lt Morris also gave an insight in to how he got to where he is now, starting off with his Air Cadet career, through university, RAF Selection, flying training and front line squadron flying in both the Tornado GR4 and the now retired Harrier Gr.9 aircraft. Steve gave a very inspiring talk to the cadets, showing what can be achieved if you put your mind to it, he also stayed well in to the evening, ensuring every cadet got every autograph and photo with the Red Arrows pilot that they wanted.
The whole visit came about when Flt Lt Peter Hiley, officer commanding 366 King Ecgbert squadron bumped into Flt Lt Morris at last year’s Royal International Air tattoo at RAF Fairford. 2014 is set to be one of the busiest seasons the Red Arrows will ever perform, as this is their 50th display season, with many shows and flypasts planned for the coming year, Flt Lt Hiley and all the cadets and staff at 366 King Ecgbert Squadron wish Steve and the rest of the Red Arrows all the best for this special season.