Longbenton Teens Take to the Skies!
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By Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson RAF VR(T) - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Local students from Longbenton Community College, George Stephenson High school and St Mary’s Comprehensive, put down their pens and put on their flying suits at R.A.F Leeming this week.
The 14 students are members of local Air Cadet Unit, 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron and attended the R.A.F base in North Yorkshire to take to the skies in a Grob Tutor 115E, a training plane used by the Royal Air Force and one which Prince William himself learnt to fly.
Cadet Adam Corbett, 14, of Killingworth, said, “It was an incredible experience, especially doing aerobatics! The pilot allowed me to have a go of the flight controls, including helping him to land.” Rachel Findlay, 14 of Holystone, added, “It was my first time in an RAF aeroplane, and I’ll never forget it! It was incredible”
The cadets underwent basic training on their unit before jetting off with the R.A.F pilots. As flying slots are regularly given to the Squadron each cadet has the opportunity to participate in this thrilling activity.
Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, said that it is one of many opportunities available to cadets at the squadron. “The experience flying provides some practical training for the cadets in a fun, safe and disciplined environment, providing further opportunities to gain flying scholarships and BTEC qualifications.”
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members aged 13 – 18. If you’re up for a challenge then visit squadron at www.2344.org.uk