Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron got a little more than they were expecting when they attended the "Airbase gets Airborne" display at Coventry Airport.
The "Airbase gets Airborne" day featured flying displays from historic aircraft such as the Meteor NF.11, with her characteristic long nose, the De Haviland Vampire, Avro Anson, Jet Provost T5 and an added extra for the Air Cadets, a blast from their past the Slingsby Venture T2 power glider.
However, as a massive added bonus to the original plan for the day, the cadets also had a guided tour of some of the Coventry Airport based Airways Aviation training aircraft and some of them also managed to have a flight in one of their Twin Star flight simulators.
The highlight of the "Airbase gets Airborne" programme was an all engine run by the Avro Shackleton which is currently being restored to flying condition.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, officer commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, said, “Having worked on the Shackleton many years ago, it was wonderful to see this big old bird coming back to life as three of its four engines fired up. For some reason the starboard inner engine didn’t want to start up but that didn’t detract from the thrill of the amazing noise of the three Griffons that did fire up as they ran up speed and the sight of those massive contra-rotating propellers flattening the grass was breath-taking”.
He added, “The Airbase gets Airborne event was well worth going to see, plenty of static aircraft to explore and some really good flying displays from the different historic aircraft. But I must take this opportunity to thank Michael Hadley for adding a massive bonus to the day by organising the visit to the Airways Aviation training facility”.