SFour Cadets from 51 (Orton) squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC) spent Sunday afternoon at RAF Cranwell, taking the controls of light aircraft.
The ATC take flying very seriously within the Corps and offer as many opportunities as possible to the cadets to fly the Grob Tutor under the careful instruction of the professional instructor pilots. The Tutor is an agile aeroplane and allows for the cadets not to only experience flying but also to perform aerobatics, and even though for our first time attendees, Cadet Goodman, Cadet Messina and Cadet Mills, they would have not taken control of such activities they certainly would have flown the aeroplane independently. Cadet Messina said, "I have not been in Air Cadets that long, but have already enjoyed and been to many activities, but flying has to have been the most amazing experience, and cannot wait to have another opportunity."
It was quite a different story for Sgt Conor Wells though, having flown several times during his 3 and half years in the corp he was given the opportunity to complete some aerobatic flying. Aerobatic flying is often compared to amusements rides, and taking control of an aeroplane in this situation is just something most 16 years could dream of, but not if you are a member of the ATC.
Sgt Wells said "I have always loved flying and each time I go I just enjoy it more and more and recommend it to anyone. The ATC offers me a whole world of adventure which if I did not volunteer I just would not be able to experience."
If you would like to enjoy the thrill of flying and other activities then come along or visit our squadron website, www.51sqnatc.co.uk for contact details. All youths between the age of 13 and 17 are welcomed and we meet on a Tuesday and Wednesday night between 19.00 and 21.15 at our own premises to the side of Nene Park Academy.