In September Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) had their first gliding slot with 644 VGS since their conversion to the winch launched Viking glider. Spending a day with a Viking Volunteer Gliding Squadron is a lot more involved than flying with a Vigilant equipped squadron. The Cadets are activily involved in the preparaton for flight of the Viking and helping to recover it after it has landed.
Corporal Stephannie Willett was one of the 209 Cadets at 644 and writes about her experience. “Corporal Barnaby Taylor, Cadet Adam Davis and I all attended gliding at RAF Syerston. The day began with getting the non-motorised Viking glider set up ready for flight followed by 3 opportunities to fly. The day was an extremely enjoyable experience in which we learnt a lot such as how to handle the winch cables used to launch the vikings and to assist with the take off procedure. Once flying we were also able to perform the Gliding Instuction Course (GIC) 1 and 2 which are the pitching and rolling maneuvers during flight. We improved our ability to control the glider by a great deal and it was a thoroughly new experience for all of us.
I especially enjoyed working with the 644 staff to help get the gliders into the air as well as the gliding. I would definteley go again as this has been very valuable.”