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By Cdt J Seward - 2431 (Keighley) Squadron
On Saturday 21st June 2014, 3 cadets and 1 staff member from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, went flying at 9 AEF at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
The cadets that were chosen to fly were Cpl Connell, Cdt Smillie and myself (Cdt Seward). We were also accompanied by CI Catlow.
When we got there we had to watch a safety video and then put what we had learnt to the test by using a cockpit simulator and we had to do the safety procedures just to make sure we would be Ok, if an incident was to occur during our flight.
Then once we had done that we were sent to get fitted in our own flight suits and helmet ready for our flight in the Grob Tutor 115.
The Tutor is used by the Cadet Air Experience Flights (AEF's), University Air Squadron's (UAS's) and the RAF as a basic training aircraft.
After that once there was an aircraft free we were sent out to the airfield where a aircraft would be sat waiting with a pilot inside.
We then took off and did some basic flight maneuvers as well as some aerobatics E.g. loops, barrel rolls etc. Then unfortunately we had to land and finish the flight. Once landed we took off our flight gear and headed back into a hut to wait in, but while waiting an officer offered to give us a tour of the base. It was a very enjoyable experience and I would love to do it again.
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