Cadets and staff from 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Cadets finally broke their cycle of bad luck managing to fly at RAF Cranwell for the first time in over 2 and a half years. The bad luck looked set to continue when the weather report for Saturday 1st February came in. Yet another wet and windy storm was set in for the day, leading to both the flying and gliding slot being cancelled. They thought they would be thwarted once again but hope was at hand. Officer Commanding 7 Air Experience Flight, Flight Lieutenant Stu Rawnsley came to the rescue, offering the squadron 6 slots for the Sunday
So ATC Sunday arrives with 6 eager flyers, most of them had not previously flown in the Gorb Tutor aircraft. With fingers crossed they set off to RAF Cranwell on a bright but blustery day.
On arrival at Cranwell, the cadets were kitted out in flying suits and gloves, ready for the mornings briefing, they would be first up in the air. So with the briefing done, the cadets had the final fitting of their flying helmet and parachutes.
The first 5 cadets took to the air shortly after 10 o’clock, climbing into the clear sunny skies over the Lincolnshire countryside. Off for a 25 minute sortie, the cadets took control of the aircraft with the instructor pilots demonstrating how the aircraft flies and works. Once familiar with the controls the pilots showed them the capability of the aircraft by conducting a number of aerobatic manoeuvres. The cadets would then again take control and replicate the Loops, Roles and Stall turns just previously shown to them by the pilot.
The more seasoned cadets with a few more hours under their belt, taxied the aircraft and took off with the help of the instructor. Having got to grips with the simple loops and barrel roles, they push their skills further with Figure of eights, complex Stalls turns and lots more aerobatics to make them feel sick. During these manoeuvres the cadet can be put under 3 to 4 “G” (3 – 4 time their own body weight).
With all 6 cadets flown and some fighter pilot posing done for the camera, that morning was done. The cadets had a great time on the Sunday we celebrate the formation of the ATC. What better way to can you celebrate the Air Training Corps, than doing a bit of flying.
If you are interesting in joining the Air Training Corps, over 13 and want to see what other activities you can get involved in then visit www.2502SqnATC.com. The squadron is having a recruitment evening on Monday 3 March 2014 at 1930. For more information, please visit our website or call 07949 190 597.