When Nuneaton based Air Cadets visited RAF Cosford for gliding they were disappointed that the bad weather had Grounded! them but all was not lost. A quick change of plans and the cadets headed off to the RAF Museum Cosford.
Having travelled all the way to RAF Cosford for their first gliding allocation of 2014 the cadets were hoping that they would have a better start to the new year having had so much flying cancelled the previous year due to bad weather and aircraft serviceability issues.
It was raining when the cadets arrived but according to the forecast things were set to improve later on in the day and the cadets had their fingers crossed that they would be able to fly.
Unfortunately during the met briefing it became apparent that there would be no flying due to the wind speed and direction which was preventing the Vigilant glider from using the main runway. This would not normally have been a problem as the Vigilant is able to land into the wind on grass but there-in another problem, the grass was waterlogged and as a result no flying.
Despite the obvious disappointment, all was not lost, a quick change plan and the cadets took the opportunity to visit the RAF Museum which is only a short distance away from 633 VGS.
With over 70 aircraft housed in three Wartime Hangars the museum had plenty of interesting things for the cadets to see including the National Cold War Exhibition, the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber in the Warplanes Collection. In the Test Flight hanger, there is a unique array of different research aircraft with pride of place going to the TSR2.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks who was accompanying the cadets said, “We were all so disappointed that we couldn’t fly. In fact our early 2014 flying allocations, both Gliding with 633 VGS and Air Experience Flying with 8 AEF have seen our cadets well and truly grounded due to bad weather. Having said that, we did get the opportunity to visit the RAF Museum Cosford, arguably one of the finest collections in the world”.
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