On the 9th May, Flying Officer Stephen Dodds with passenger Cadet Sergeant Erica Young of 138(1st Nottingham) squadron, proudly flew into RAF Syerston in the Venture T61F from Saltby airfield.
The purpose of the flight in the Venture was for an exciting photographic shoot with the current Air Cadet glider, the Grob Vigilant, for the South and East Midlands Wing photographic competition on the 5th July at Wing Field Day.
This historical ex-ATC motor glider was well received by staff and cadets alike at RAF Syerston, bringing back fond memories of good times in pilot training. ZA634 proved to be very popular with many questions being asked about her. What makes her so special is that she is the only one out of thirty five T61F Ventures in the UK to be in ATC livery which has given her a unique recognition at the 1st Nottingham Squadron.
Flying Officer Dodds still owns his signed Log Book in the ZA634 aircraft dated back in the 1980’s…how honouring it must have felt to be back in the hot seat.
Cadet Sergeant Erica Young told us, ‘I was at Saltby airfield and remembered the Venture was there, so I suggested to the cadets interested in the Photographic competition to use the Venture in the photo…they agreed straight away that it wasn’t an opportunity to be missed!’
A collection of additional photos taken will be presented in an album and available to look through on Wing Field Day.
Written by Cadet Warrant Officer Elizabeth Cwilewicz
MCO 138(1st Nottingham) Squadron