Cadets from 1461 were joined by fellow cadets from 1084, 1181, 1279 and 2502 squadrons at a blustery and chilly Bruntingthorpe airfield in a bid to raise money for their squadrons and the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
They were tasked with pulling an ex 101 Sqn, RAF VC 10 ZD241, weighing in at 63,000 kg over a 500 metre course along the main runway at the ex RAF base in Leicestershire.
Almost 60 cadets warmed up and took the strain, and after a little encouragement the wheels started to turn. They dug deep and in a bid to complete the first 250 metre run kept the aircraft moving and in one go crossed the line.
Officer Commanding 1461 Squadron, and event organiser Flt Lt Tim Hargraves said ‘I was a little concerned that this was a big aircraft and that it wouldn’t get moving. However the grit and determination of the cadets proved me wrong. This has been a great event for cadets across Leicestershire to get together and do some good for a worth while charity, as well as fund some local projects’
With the help of a tug ZD241 was turned round ready for the return leg. This time with weakening arms and legs, and a bump in the runway the aircraft took a bit more to cross the line and came to halt 3 times before the team finally got it to the finish line but it got there!
Cadet Warant Officer Molly Henson commented, ‘now that was tough! We had some motivating to do but we were determind to cross that line!’
Flt Lt Hargraves RAFVR (T)
OC 1461 Sqn