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cadets-flying-hours-01Local Air Cadet's from Malmesbury have recently reached an impressive total of seven and a half flying hours, during their time as Royal Air Force Air Cadets on their latest sortie.

The four cadets took to the skies recently from 3 AEF (Air Experience Flight) at Colerne (Near Bath) which gives valuable flight experience to Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

Cadet Chris Lehrer (15), who has clocked up seventy five minutes in the Grob Tutor Aircraft said " I love flying, and it's one of the many great things to do with the ATC (Air Training Corps), the views are amazing and the greatest thing of all, you get to fly the aircraft!, I'm not keen on aerobatics, but the views are amazing!"

Flying is a cherished and valued experience in the Air Cadets; the cadets have the opportunity to fly in the Grob Tutor T1, a small, 2 seater piston engine aircraft used by the Royal Air Force for Primary Flight Training. Each flight that a cadet receives lasts twenty five minutes.

Cadet Benjamin Bassindale (14), who has clocked up an impressive 150 minutes in the Tutor, flew with a former RAF Phantom pilot. Cadet Bassindale took the opportunity, like other cadets, to talk to his pilot about his RAF career and the RAF in general. He was also given the opportunity to land the aircraft under the watchful eye of the pilot, who has full control of the aircraft.

Another cadet to be thrilled was Cdt Alasdair Kennedy (16) with fifty minutes air time, who flew several circuits over the local area on his second flight with the Air cadets. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately, the weather closed in and for safety reasons, he was unable to experience the high thrill of aerobatics.

cadets-flying-hours-02The last cadet to fly was Corporal James Slade (14), who has reached one hundred and sixty minutes flying.

Photo 1 Flying Aces, Left to Right - Cadet Benjamin Bassindale, Corporal James Slade, Cadet Alasdair Kennedy and Cadet Chris Lehrer in front of the Grob Tutor T1.

Photo 2 Cadet Chris Leher steps on board his Grob Tutor T1.

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