Air cadets from (1188) Coalville Squadron, Air Training Corps had a treat this half term. Cadets and staff from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron spent the day at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
The cadets spent the morning visiting the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), that is based at RAF Coningsby. They operate a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Chipmunks, and a Dakota. The flight commemorates the past of the RAF’s Air Combat Power – Lest We Forget.
The pilots all volunteer to fly with the BBMF. Pilots from fighter squadrons volunteer to fly the Spitfire and Hurricane and pilots from transport aircraft volunteer to fly the Lancaster.
To fly the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots train by flying 25 hours in a Chipmunk and then spend a day at RAF Duxford flying the Harvard, so they can learn to use the retractable undercarriage. They then train on their chosen aircraft.
To fly the Lancaster pilots learn to fly the DC47 before progressing to the Lancaster.
Civilian Instructor John Hallam said” The guides were very informative and helpful during the tour around the hanger. The aircraft consisted of two Chipmunks, six Spitfires, one Hurricane and a DC47. They were in various stages of being serviced. It was a very enjoyable day”.
In the afternoon the cadets went to see the RAF’s most recent aircraft. They went to visit 29® Squadron to see the Typhoon Aircraft. The cadets were shown around the hanger and the Typhoon. They saw a demonstration of the cockpit avionics too.
The cadets also visited the survival unit where they saw the survival pack that fits into the base ejection seat and the parachute.
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