Mirfield Air Cadets are still flying high


Air cadets from 868 (Mirfield) Squadron continued their aviation success with a recent visit to 9 Air Experience Flight at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

It was flying fun for cadets Cora Smith, Sachen Pathak, Matthew Devine and Cian Farrar, all aged 13, who enjoyed their first airborne experience.

After a safety briefing from Flight Lieutenant Damon Middleton, Officer Commanding of the Air Experience Flight, they were kitted out with flying suit, parachute and helmet ready for take-off. During their individual flights, their instructors demonstrated how the aircraft responds to the flying controls and each cadet had the opportunity to fly the aircraft themselves and to experience aerobatics.

After his experience of flying, Cian Farrar commented on becoming an air cadet, “Best thing I have chosen to do with my life, literally!”

Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant Peter Doubell explained afterwards that the four cadets had really enjoyed their fights and all were keen to go again. He said “The Air Cadet Organisation is a wonderful thing for young people to be a part of; we offer a wide range of activities but at the very heart of these is the opportunity for flying.

“When our cadets get airborne, whether in a powered aircraft or a glider, there is a great emphasis on delivering the best experience for the cadet and this will usually mean giving them the chance to take the controls and fly the aircraft themselves, under close instruction. Later there are opportunities for scholarships to train to fly solo in gliders and light aircraft.”

Report by Flight Lieutenant P Doubell, 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, South & West Yorkshire Wing ATC

Pictured Cadet Matthew Devine Taxying along the runway

Mirfield Air Cadets meet at the Air Cadet Centre in Mirfield on Huddersfield Road near the Stocks Bank Road junction, on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For more information please contact Flt Lt Peter Doubell on 01924 498 896 (parade evenings only). To learn more about the air cadets click here

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