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South & East Midlands Cadets pull a Harrier Jet for Charity

Article posted: Sep 08, 2008 by sl6

Recently three Air Cadet Squadrons from South & East Midlands Wing competed against each other to see which one could pull a Harrier Aircraft 100 metres along a runway at RAF Cottesmore in the fastest time in aid of charity.

The Force Commander, Group Captain McCann, started the proceedings which resulted in a win for 2071 (Stamford) Squadron in a time of 1.26 mins closely followed by 1279 (Melton Mowbray) and 2248 (Rutland) Squadrons.


Cadets with the Harrier aircraft at RAF Cottesmore during the Charity event.

Flt Lt Jackie Lawrence, Commanding Officer of 2248 (Rutland) Squadron, who organised and took part in the challenge said, ”The aircraft pull went brilliantly, the cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves, but it’s a lot harder pulling the Harrier then it looks. We are very grateful to RAF Cottesmore for their support.”

The idea of a Harrier Pull came from 15 year old Cadet Corporal, Tom Newell of Uppingham. The 40 cadets who took part raised funds for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and the Royal Air Force Association.

So far, over £1,200 has been pledged and it is hoped that they will reach their target of £2,000 in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in contributing to these worthy causes you can do so by registering at www.justgiving.com/harrierpull and pledging your support.

By Flt Lt Jackie Lawrence
OC 2248 (Rutland) Sqn