Following a safety brief and instruction on how to put on their parachute the cadets were shown around the Viking glider before being taken to the airfield.
Before going up, their Civilian Gliding Instructor Pilots briefed them on the cockpit instruments, controls and what they would be covering in their three flights on GIC1.
Nothing however could prepare them for the thrill of the launch which propelled the cadets from 0-60 in two seconds, to a height of 1000 feet in just ten seconds to marvellous views of the surrounding area. Cadet Sutton said “As we started to ascend I felt my feet go slightly numb but when I got up to the maximum height, I was relieved because when I looked out the cockpit there was an amazing view and we could see loads of different places; we saw Hullavington and Lyneham.
Flight one was to get used to the glider with flights two and three learning about pitch as well as taking control of the glider for the first time and practicing how to pitch the glider for themselves. Cdt Fenton said “the best bit for me was taking control of the aircraft as that got me really confident and I learned a lot. After completing the gliding session I really wanted to go up again”.
If you are interested in joining the Air Cadets and enjoy the thrill of gliding plus many other exciting and challenging activities, please email Commanding Officer Flt Lt Kerry Milward RAF VR(T) email@example.com
Photo 1: Cadet Kieran Sutton (Rear) with Cadet Flight Sergeant Gliding Instructor Phil Pegman (Front)
Photo 2: Cadet Marcus Fenton with Gliding Instructor Ollie Jones.