Air Cadets Spread Their Wings
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By Flt Lt Peter Doubell - 868 (Mirfield) Squadron
Last week three cadets 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 Air Cadet 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. During their flights, Flt Lt 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 afterwards that the three cadets had really enjoyed their fights and were all keen to go again. He said “the Air Cadet Organisation is a very 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 Air Cadet Squadron meets at the Air Cadet Centre in Mirfield on Huddersfield Road near the Stocks Bank Road junction, on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For more information please visit or contact Flt Lt Peter Doubell on 01924 498 896.