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Youngsters given chance to fly with Air Cadet Recruitment

Article posted: Apr 06, 2017 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

Opportunities to Fly, Glide and Shoot are open to new members of the Swadlincote Air Cadets as they start their New Year Recruiting campaign on Tuesday 4th April at their Eureka Park Headquarters.

New youngsters aged from 12 in School Year 8 are being invited down at 7.30pm to find out more about the Award Winning 1211 Squadron when Staff and Senior Cadets will explain what being a Cadet is all about with opportunities ranging from Adventurous Training and Overseas Visits to Flying and B-Tec qualifications.

Squadron Adjutant Ruth Morgan told us, “Our Cadets get chances to take part in activities which are just not available to anyone else in the South Derbyshire area. Where else can a young teenager take control of an aeroplane and do aerobatics with a Royal Air Force Pilot for free? Swadlincote Cadets gain training which is incredibly useful not only if they join the military but also in civilian life.”

Squadron Commander Alyn Thompson added, “Our job at 1211 Squadron is to take every available opportunity for all of our Cadets, whether it’s a flight in an Air Force aeroplane or putting them forward for qualifications in the B-tec scheme. We are one of the best Air Cadet Units in the UK and the reason for that is because our training programme is so varied. Last year we had Cadets in, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus and Gibraltar. Some gained Leadership qualifications and others began training to become Glider Pilots!”

So, if you are aged 12-16 and want to become a Glider Pilot before you can start to drive, call in at the 1211 Headquarters on John Street in Eureka Park on Tuesday evening 4th April at 7.30pm.

Sqn Ldr Alyn Thompson

OC 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron