Royal Air Force Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps took to the skies for the very first time when they visited RAF Cosford.
For all four cadets, Jordan Tolley, Sophie Cartwright, Faith Hughes and Robert Ormston, this was their first Air Experience Flight (AEF) in the single engine Grob Tutor. Each cadet got a flight which lasted about 25 mins, during which they all took control of the aircraft themselves.
During an Air Experience Flight the pilot taxis out to the runway, takes off and finds some clear airspace. Depending on the conditions at the time the pilot may offer you the opportunity to try some aerobatics, alternately you may be given the chance of taking control of the aircraft yourself.
When the pilot hands over the control of the aircraft, you will hear the words "You have control." You then place your had on the control column and your feet on the rudder peddles and reply “I have control sir” and that's it, you're now flying one of the RAF's Grob Tutor's. Don't worry, the pilot will guide you through the controls and you may even get the chance to try out one or two aerobatic manoeuvres yourself. No other youth group could offer you such an opportunity.
Fifteen year old Cadet Sophie Cartwright one of the days first time flyers said, “It was nerve wracking and exciting at the same time, but above all a wonderful opportunity I wouldn't have had without being in the Air Cadets. I just can’t wait till I get the chance to fly again.”
Cadet Faith Hughes, aged 14, summed up her first flight,” My pilot showed me how to use the controls and then said, ‘You have control’. I was flying the aircraft, how cool is that”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 Squadron said. “This was the first time that Jordan, Sophie, Faith and Robert had flown and it's given them all a taste of what it's like to take control of an aircraft themselves. It’s one thing going on a holiday jet but it's a completely different story in a two-seater airplane with a parachute strapped to you”.
"Despite the fact that it rained all day, the weather conditions remained within limits and thanks to the outstanding efforts of the 8 AEF pilots and ground crew all the cadets flew."
He added, “Flying is one of the core activities for Air cadets. It's the unique opportunity to fly that makes the Air Cadets so different from any other youth organization, so if you're interested in flying and want to take control of an aircraft yourself why not join our team and see what you could be doing as an air cadet.