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What do you mean there’s no engine???

Article posted: Jul 18, 2010 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

As for most cadets their first time flying can be an exciting experience and that was no different for some of the cadets who recently went for their first flight in a Viking glider. When asked about the experiences they said:

Gliding with cadets was amazing! Every single second was different, even the journey there was good!
I think gliding is a bit better than flying because you get airborne more than once.

The best part of the day was really to be gliding in the Viking aircraft. The Viking aircraft was the best aircraft because of its take off and it’s a brilliant experience (and the pilot).
The only thing I don’t like about gliding is that you can’t do many aerobatics, but you can do stall turns which make your belly drop!
I would rate gliding a big 10/10.

The Air Training Corps is open to all young people aged 13-20 who can take advantage of various activities provided by the organisation. 504 are currently recruiting, if you are interested and would like to be part of a very active squadron then more information can be found at and or alternatively you can contact the squadron on 0115 9297646 Tuesday and Thursday between 1830-2130.

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CI A Booth
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