Air Show for First time flyers

When Nuneaton based Air Cadets visited RAF Cosford for their very first Glider flight, they got more than they had been expecting with an added bonus of a spectacular air show from three historic aircraft.

On arrival at RAF Cosford, the four teenage Air cadets were keen to get up into the air for their first Gliding Induction Course flight in one of 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron's G109B Vigilant T1 motor gliders.

Imagine the disappointment when the cadets were told that the gliders were to be grounded at midday due to the arrival of three other aircraft and that the weather conditions could also hinder their chances of getting airborne. Would they all get to fly or would they be going home disappointed?

As it happened the cadets managed to get airborne during the morning, before the gliders were grounded to make way for the arrival of the three visiting aircraft. Grounded they may have been, but no one was complaining as the 3 iconic aircraft, Gloster Meteor NF11, De Havilland DH.112 Venom and Hunting Jet Provost T3A, swooped low over the airfield to provide a spectacular display of low flying.

The three historic visitors, (L to R) Jet Provost, Meteor and Venom swoop low over the RAF Cosford - Click to View More Images from RAF Cosford

The historic jets, were all part of the Aviation Heritage flight based at Baginton's, Coventry Airport . The link with the Gloster Meteor and Coventry actually goes back to 1952 when it was originally built by Armstrong Whitworth in their Baginton factory.

The Coventry built Armstrong Whitworth Gloster Meteor NF11 - Click to View More Images from RAF Cosford

The four first time flyers from Nuneaton definitely had a day to remember having flown with 633 Squadron and been treated to an unexpected air show provided by the 3 Coventry based aircraft.

Thirteen year-old Air Cadet Samuel Baynes of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “Flying is something I've always wanted to do and that's why I joined the Air Cadets. My first flight today was fantastic, one of the best things I've ever done and the air show was a brilliant bonus.”

Safely back on the ground after his flight, Nuneaton Air Cadet Samuel Baynes (left) all smiles after he described his first flight as “fantastic, one of the best things I’ve ever done, makes his way back to the crew room with his instructor - View More Images from RAF Cosford

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