Flight Sergeant Joe Hammond of 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron has received one of the Air Training Corps top gliding awards. Having already attained first his ‘Blue’ gliding award and then the ‘Silver’ award for flying solo, Joe has now achieved his ‘Gold’ award for advanced gliding.
To get his Gold award Joe had to complete five solo flights in a winch launched Viking Glider and complete two exercises with an instructor in advanced turning and landing in a cross wind. After completing all the flights Joe said “I am relieved after all the hard work and have a real sense of achievement.” Joe is now entitled to wear the ATC’s Gold Wing badge to signify his achievement.
Flight Sergeant Joe Hammond receiving his award from Wg Cdr Dickinson
As well as his successes in gliding Joe recently completed a para-gliding course in Wales. His dedication to flying led to him receiving 209’s top award for Flying and Gliding which was presented to him by Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, OC South and East Midland Wing.
By CI Richard Vincett
209 Sqn Media & Communications Officer