On the 5th March 2002 a party of 20 cadets and staff from 121 Squadron
visited number 18 Squadron at R.A.F. Odiham in Hampshire. Number
18 Squadron is one of three Squadrons operating the Chinook helicopter
at R.A.F Odiham the other Squadrons being No. 7 and No. 27.
During the day the cadets visited the squadrons hangers to see
the aircraft maintenance sections at work. They also had the opportunity
to see the facilities in which the aircrews plan their flights.
The cadets were given an extremely interesting presentation, which
outlined the role of No. 18 Squadron and its Chinook aircraft.
After a Chinook flight safety brief the cadets were taken out to
one of the Squadrons aircraft for what was undoubtedly the highlight
of the day, a Chinook flight. For most people their only experience
of this most distinctive helicopter with its twin rotors will be
a fleeting glimpse as it passes overhead or some news article on
the television. Our cadets had what for many is the opportunity
of a lifetime, the chance to fly with an 18 Squadron crew on one
of their training flights. During the two-hour flight the crew conducted
various tactical landing techniques and other aircraft handling
exercises that would be used in operational conditions. For some
of the cadets it was their first flight in an R.A.F aircraft but
for others it can only be described as the best they had ever experienced.
The cadets and staff of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron A.T.C. would once
again like to take this opportunity to thank the members of 18 Squadron
R.A.F. for making the day such an enjoyable experience.