Four lucky cadets from 148 (Barnsley) Squadron ATC attended No. 9 Air Experience Flight (AEF) recently to go flying in the Grob Tutor at RAF Linton-On-Ouse.
AEF is a training unit of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch) whose main purpose is to give introductory flying experience to cadets from the RAF Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force.
Corporal Jack Frost tells of his experience:
On August 31st myself and three other Barnsley Cadets went flying at RAF Linton-On-Ouse.
I have been flying previously but for the other Cadets it was their first time. As I had flown before this meant that I was able to perform aerobatics which was an amazing experience. Once we were airborne we started with a loop over York maze, shortly afterwards we performed a full Cuban 8 which was awesome! You could really feel the G force pushing on your body. We also performed aileron rolls (full 360° revolution about its longitudinal axis) and stall turns before my pilot gave me control of the aircraft to fly over York and back to Linton.
We all had a great day and the Cadets who hadn’t flown before loved their first AEF flight. They were able to take control of the plane and experience a thrilling flight.
Flying is one of the greatest cadet experiences, which isn’t available in any other cadet force and is well worth working towards.
View more pictures from the day on our Gallery page here.
By Cpl Jake Frost, 148 (Barnsley) Squadron