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West Bridgford Cadet Goes Paragliding

Article posted: Jan 24, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Sergeant Joe Hammond has recently attended a Paragliding Course at the Joint Services Paragliding Centre near Abergavenny in Wales. Joe was the only Cadet from the South and East Midlands Wing to be selected for one of the 12 places on the course.

The course consisted of a theory introduction and then demonstrations from the instructors. Once that phase was completed it was time to strap on the para glider, take a few running steps and then get airborne. Joe was able to get 15 flights every day for 3 days. Joe said “my favourite experience was getting airborne for the first time, when I could really feel myself flying.”

Cadet Sergeant Hammond of 209 Squadron

Joe has also recently been appointed as a Flight Staff Cadet at 643 VGS at RAF Syerston. As well as attending 209 Sqn during the week were he is the Sqn’s most senior Cadet, Joe spends his weekends with 643. There he assists with the running of the Sqn like maintaining the flying log and strapping the less experienced Cadets into the cockpit’s of gliders. He is currently learning how to operate the Winch which accelerates the glider into the air at 60mph in under 4 seconds!

Joe also receives extra tuition at the VGS and hopes to fly solo soon and then go on to be a gliding instructor so he can take other Cadets flying.

By CI Richard Vincett
209 Sqn Media & Communications Officer