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Coalville Cadet Gains Wings

Article posted: Jun 06, 2008 by sl1

Flight Sergeant Chris Moore from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron Air Training Corps can now wear wings on his uniform.
Flight Sergeant Chris Moore has recently completed his Gliding Scholarship Course and is now entitled to wear silver Glider Scholarship Wings. He is the second cadet from the squadron to earn their wings this year.
Flight Sergeant Chris Moore has been to RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire every Sunday over the last couple of months to learn how to fly a glider. He has been learning in the winch launched Viking glider. It is airborne in approximately two seconds. He launched 42 times. The length of each flight depends on the number of thermals caught. As well as learning how to fly he also learnt what to do in an emergency and how to safely deal with a broken winch cable. The highlight of his course was a 6-minute solo flight.
He is now serving at the gliding squadron as a staff cadet and is working towards his gold wings for Advanced Glider Training. He hopes in the future to teach members of 1188 (Coalville) Squadron how to glide.


Flt Sgt Chris Moore with the Viking Glider he piloted to gain his “Solo” Wings

Flight Sergeant Chris Moore thoroughly enjoyed his course and said, ‘ The experience was fantastic, from learning the basics to flying solo. The solo flight was by far the best part of the course. It will remain one of my greatest achievements. I am lucky to have such an opportunity fly and to go solo and would not be possible if i haden’t joined the Air Training Corps .’
Flight Sergeant Chris Moore is currently studing physics at university and hopes to become a pilot after graduation.

Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison RAF VR (T) 1188 Coalville Sqn.