Cadets from 1921 (Lewisham) Squadron ATC took to the skies in different ways in March. Four cadets get gliding experience at RAF Kenley, while six others took to the skies in a powered aircraft over Oxfordshire.
After spending time over the winter learning about aviation, and how aircraft work, these flying opportunities were an excellent chance for the cadets to put the theory in to practice. Many of the budding pilots were flying for the first time, and found the experience to be different to their expectations:
â€œI knew that it would just be me and the pilot, but I did so much of the flying â€“ it was great. It was amazing: we did loops and rolls, and flew upside down â€“ I canâ€™t wait to try again!â€
â€œThis is one of the best parts of being in the Air Cadetsâ€, explained one of the staff. â€œAs part of their training, cadets are given the opportunity to fly with qualified Royal Air Force flying instructors. They try to give cadets as much chance as they can to find out how the aircraft behaves â€“ and itâ€™s great to watch them putting it all in to practice and coming away with enormous smilesâ€.
The Air Cadet Organisation has been doing amazing things for young people since 1941, and celebrates itsâ€™ 70th birthday this year. Local squadrons, like 1921, are always recruiting. See their website (www.1921squadron.org.uk) for more details, if youâ€™re between 13-16 and want to do something different.