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1947 Cadets Assist with Air Race

Article posted: Jun 12, 2013 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

Cadets and Staff from 1947, Birstall Squadron, Air Training Corp’s recently assisted with the Leicestershire Aero Club opening of the 2013 Air Race Season.
The weekend started off on a beautiful sunny Saturday Morning, The sun shone and the wind was light. The weekend had all the makings of perfect weekend for the beginning of an air race. The local forecast predicted a band of rain passing through at 17:00 hrs, this sadly did take place slightly earlier than forecasted but did not interfere or hinder the day in any way.
The cadets were gainfully employed throughout the day with duties ranging from marshalling Pilots and Guests onto the airfield, assisting with the catering and moving aircraft around.
Lady Gretton the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire was present during the day and she flagged off the aircraft at the start of the race. Lady Gretton commented to the Sqns Commanding Officer, Flying Officer Paul Vissani that she thought the Cadets looked really smart and it was really good to see them at the Aero Club.
Cadet Corporal Gask said that she “Really enjoyed the day and considered it a privilege to be there and be able to see the race” She went on to say that she really enjoyed meeting Lady Gretton.
Birstall Squadron have a very close relationship with Leicester Aero Club and can often be seen around the airfield assisting with tasks, It is also not uncommon to see Cadets above the airfield flying one of the many sorties they are offered.

Cadets from Birstall Squadron in front of one of the competing aircraft
D Shuttleworth
Fg Off RAF VR(T)
1947 MCO