Cadets from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, have taken to the skies on a recent visit to RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. The visit was arranged to give the cadets a close up look at the activities on a RAF station and included the opportunity to go flying with one of the resident helicopter training squadrons.
RAF Shawbury is home to the tri-service Defence Helicopter Flying School which is responsible for the initial training of helicopter pilots for all three services. 660 Squadron, Army Air Corps, performs the Single Engine Basic Rotary Wing training phase and welcomed the cadets for a morning of flying in one of their Squirrel HT.1 helicopters.
Following a safety briefing on the Squirrel helicopter the cadets were kitted out with flying helmets and then in three groups were treated to a 30 minute flight around the local area. This included a landing at the nearby Nesscliffe Training Area.
Following lunch the cadets had a look at the exhibits of the Assault Glider Project and a tour around two of the maintenance hangars which included the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a Hawk T.1.
The trip was arranged and hosted by Fg Off Tom Collins and Plt Off Phil Hingley, the cadets and staff of 1359 (Beeston) Squadron extend their thanks to them for organising a great day.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron