Due to unforeseen circumstances, cadets from 2071 (Stamford) Squadron had a last minute opportunity this weekend, when three places became available at short notice with 644 VGS at RAF Syerston.
Cadet Corporals Chater, Channing-Bates and Cadet Katy Rogers were selected to take the slots and on arrival at RAF Syerston on Sunday morning they were all kitted out with flying suits, briefings and were soon airborne.
left to right Cpl Chater, Cdt Rogers & Cpl Channing-Bates with a 644 Sqn aircraft as backdrop
Corporal Luke Chater who flew at 644 VGS Sqn sometime ago said of the opportunity “I flew in a Vigilant at the Longest Day event back in 2009. This was a great opportunity for me to rekindle the fond memories I have of that weekend. I was able to take the controls of the aircraft and learn more about yaw, pitch and roll. I have recently been successfully selected for my Gliding Scholarship and this was a great opportunity to get back ‘hands-on’ before my course starts in November”.
Cadet Katy Rogers added “This was my first ever flight in a glider and it was amazing. I was surprised how quickly we got off the ground and before I knew it we up there with the clouds. I will definitely be applying for a Gliding Course as I thoroughly enjoyed my day”.
Corporal Channing-Bates said of his first flight “To fly in a glider with an engine was amazing. I was able to put to good use what the briefing advised me and I learned about pitch. I have never worn a parachute before, so that was a first too”.
Officer Cadet Paul Ferguson the 2071 (Stamford) Sqn Adjutant said of the visit to RAF Syerston “All three cadets appeared to have enjoyed their visit which was a rare opportunity for the Squadron as we normally fly with 643 VGS Sqn at Syerston.
I must take this opportunity to thank the staff cadets, instructors and Adjutant at 644 VGS Sqn for showing us a very warm welcome and giving our three flyers the opportunity to fly in powered aircraft. It was a great day and thankfully the weather was on our side too”.
By Off Cdt Paul Ferguson
2071 Sqn Adjutant