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228 Cadets Flown In A Day !

Article posted: Jun 22, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

South & East Midlands Wing have celebrated 10 years of success by setting a record by flying 228 cadets in Gliders from RAF Syerston in one day.

This fantastic figure was achieved during an Activities Weekend held at RAF Syerston, near Newark, to celebrate the Wing’s 10 years of existence. The event was attended by 276 cadets supported by 84 staff who camped out over the weekend on the Airfield.

One up, one ready, one waiting

Of course the record could not have been achieved without the full support of the Station’s two Volunteer Gliding Squadrons, 643 and 644, who pulled out all the stops to ensure both Gliders and pilots were ready to go throughout the long day. Flying commenced at first light on the Saturday and ended with setting of the sun. Only an hour was lost through bad weather.

There was a full programme of flying on the Sunday to ensue every cadet had the opportunity to fly in either the Vigilant or the Viking.

“Take up slack”

Keeping nearly 300 cadets occupied when not flying was itself a mammoth task and the organiser and Camp Commandant, Flt Lt Julie Rayson-Flynn RAFVR (T) and Camp Training Officer, Flt Lt Linda Waplington RAFVR (T), had archery, football, hockey, rugby, volleyball, as well as leadership exercises, weapon handling tests and a rope exercise at there disposal.

Two of the Corps Climbing Walls were also available and were nominated as “Star Attractions” after the gliding.

Climbing walls in action

The Wing celebrated the 10th Anniversary and a fantastic record making day with an open air disco on the Saturday Night.

Plans are already being made to break the record at a similar event next year.

By Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T)
Wing Media & Communications Officer