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858 Return to the Skies!

Article posted: Nov 14, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Rushden cadets were able to go back to 5 AEF Squadron and take to the skies once more

The cadets from 858 have been itching to get back in the air

6 cadets were given a last minute opportunity to go flying on Friday 2nd November to which they snatched up very quickly!

4 of the cadets it was their first time flying in the Tutor aircraft. After an in depth briefing provided by Flight Lieutenant Logan from 5 AEF the cadets were taken away 3 at a time to be fitted for their flying suits, gloves and most importantly their helmets.

Cadets Adam Price and Rebecca Waye had their first flying experience that Friday but they both got up to very different things in the air. Adam came back and said “My first flight was fantastic! The pilot asked me what I would like to do so I asked if I could fly it by myself for a while and that’s exactly what I did. It was such a great feeling flying the aircraft and learning how to make level turns with use of all 3 control surfaces.”

Rebecca said after her flight “I wished I could have had longer I just didn’t want it to end! I asked my pilot if we could do some aerobatics and we ended up doing a full loop and a barrel roll. I even had time to try a loop by myself! Flying is by far the best thing I have done so far in cadets but saying that I’ve not been here long so I look forward to everything else I have to come.”


Left to Right: Cadet Hart, Cadet Waye, Cadet Hakin, Cadet Price, Cadet Chambers, Corporal Middleton

Rushden Squadron recruit teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 if you are interested feel free to attend the squadron during a parade evening on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7.00p.m till 9.30p.m at the Drill hall on Victoria Road in Rushden. For more information please call (01933) 411383 (Mon & Wed Evenings) or email 858sqn@semids.org.uk
In addition we are also seeking Adult Volunteers, aged 20 and above, no previous cadet or military experience required, to assist in providing opportunities to cadets in Rushden. For details please contact Flying Officer William Kellock 07714952452.