On Sunday the 20th September 2015, a party of ten cadets from No 2071 (Stamford) Squadron, South & East Midlands Wing, took to the skies over Lincolnshire, in Grob Tutor aircraft of No 7 Air Experience Flight, based at Royal Air Force Cranwell.
Weather for the day was good, with conditions almost perfect for the series of ‘sorties’. On arrival the cadets were given a safety brief, followed by safety drills and kitted up in flying suits and helmets.
The adventure then began as in-turn; they took to the skies, were given the opportunity to take the controls, learn about the principles of flight, and for the more experienced cadets the opportunity to complete ‘aerobatics’.
Flying for the very first time were cadets’ Blandford-Tagg, Gatward-Clarke, McGinley and Walden. Each cadet had a 25-30 minute flight were they were shown how agile the Grob Tutor aircraft is.
It was also a momentous occasion for Cadet Dominic Blandford-Tagg who had a real treat in store. His father is Squadron Leader Andy Tagg, who is Officer Commanding the East Midlands Universities Air Squadron, also based at RAF Cranwell. Squadron Leader Tagg instructs students to fly the Tutor aircraft and was on-hand to take Dominic flying with him.
Once back on the ground Cadet Blandford-Tagg said of his flight ‘with dad’ “I was really thrilled to fly alongside dad and experience what he does in his day job. This was my first flight as an RAF Air Cadet and one I will remember for ever”
The cadets who had their first flight were given a certificate to mark the occasion, which were presented by Squadron Leader Tagg in front of one of the Grob Tutor aircraft.
Flying is one of a number of activities supported by the Royal Air Force, giving young persons the opportunity to experience ‘first-hand’ flying operations and promote an interest in Aviation.
Flying Officer Paul Ferguson RAFVRT
2071 (Stamford) Squadron