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High Flying Air Cadet Pilot
takes other youngsters up for their first flight

High Flying Nuneaton based Air Cadet Glider Pilot Michael Hadley reached yet another major milestone in his flying career when he took other younger members of his own Squadron up for their very first flight.

Cadet Warrant Officer Michael Hadley and Cadet George Mouncer in the cockpit of the Vigilant motor glider.

Eighteen-year-old Royal Air Force Air Cadet, Warrant Officer Michael Hadley of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron who is also a Flight Staff Cadet with 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) based at RAF Cosford has recently been awarded his Grade 1 Glider Pilot wings and is now fully qualified to take younger cadets up for flights in the Vigilant motor glider. 

So on Sunday 1 st December when six cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron travelled up to RAF Cosford for a Gliding Induction Course they were not only thrilled to be going flying but excited at the prospect of having their very own Cadet Warrant Officer as their pilot.

Cadet Warrant Officer Michael Hadley taxies the Vigilant out onto the runway with first time flyer George Mouncer

Fourteen-year-old Cadet George Mouncer was the first Nuneaton based cadet to be kitted up in his flying suit and parachute and led out to one of the Vigilant motor gliders only to find that his pilot was his very own Cadet Warrant Officer. Thus the flight was a major milestone in the Air Cadet career for both George Mouncer who had his first flight and his pilot, Michael Hadley who finally got to take one of his own cadets up in the Vigilant motor glider and give them the opportunity to experience the thrill of taking control of the aircraft themselves.

A first for pilot Cadet Warrant Officer Michael Hadley as he gets airborne with one of his own Squadron’s cadets as his student.

In fact five of the six Nuneaton based cadets managed to fly with Michael as their pilot. Rather ironically it was the sixth cadet Shaun Hadley (no relation to Michael) who was tasked to fly with another pilot. Having said that two Hadley's in the same aircraft may have been a little confusing.

cadet Shaun Hadley (no relation to Michael) who was tasked to fly with another pilot Thirteen-year-old Oliver Parsons all ready for his first flight with his very own Cadet Warrant Officer as his pilot.

Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks who made a point of being at RAF Cosford to witness the momentous occasion said, “I have taken cadets flying so many times in the past, but this was a first for me, seeing one of my cadets taking his younger colleagues up for their very first flights. I think this has to rank amongst one of the finest moments of Michael's Air Cadet career. It only seems such a short time ago that Michael was taking his first flight in a glider and now he is able to pass on the thrill and excitement of the opportunity to fly to other younger cadets. Michael has worked so hard to qualify and it was a real pleasure to be able to see him fly with members of his own Squadron as his students.

Cadet Warrant Officer Michael Hadley taxies the Vigilant out onto the runway with fellow Cadet Matthew Waudby

Cadet Corporal Breanne Richter delighted at the opportunity to fly with Michael as her instructor.

Cadet Warrant Officer Michael Hadley prepares for tack-off with fellow Nuneaton based Cadet Holly Odam

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