Royal Air Force Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps took to the skies when they visited RAF Cosford.
For one of the four cadets who went to RAF Cosford, it was her first Air Experience Flight (AEF) in the single engine Grob Tutor, Each cadet got a flight which lasted about 25 mins, not long by holiday flight standards but an AEF flight is completely different.
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.
After her flight, one of the day’s first time flyers said, “It was nerve wracking and exciting and a wonderful opportunity I wouldn't have had without being in the Air Cadets. Simply Awesome!”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 Squadron said. “This was the first time that one of these cadets had been flying 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”.
He added, “All the cadets had a brilliant day. 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.