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Air cadets take control of the cockpit on first thrilling flight in glider.

IT was mission accomplished for four cadets from No 163 (Coventry-Phoenix) Squadron Air Cadets, based in Canley, when they each had the opportunity to take to the air for the first time.

Cadets Cpl Lauren Sin-field (14), Laura McVey (15), Joshua Mullen (15) and Nathan Rhodes (14) were all selected from the 40 cadets at 163 Squadron to complete the first phase of their Gliding Induction Course at No 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS), at RAF Cosford.

With the recent poor weather, the cadets were relieved to see blue skies over RAF Cosford as they arrived for their first flights in a Vigilant Motor Glider. After a briefing in the Crew Room and the issuing of their parachutes, they were escorted to their respective gliders and soon took off.

During their flights, the cadets learned about the controls of the glider and some aeronautics before they each had the opportunity to take control themselves and fly the glider around the sky.

Having got comfortable with the basics of level flying, they had the experience of controlling the glider into a climb and descent.

As each of the gliders landed, the cadets were thrilled at their experience.

Flight Lieutenant Rayner RAFVR(T), Officer Commanding No 163 (Coventry-Phoenix) Squadron, said: "I am delighted that on this occasion all four cadets were able to take to the skies and take part in an activity that puts the "Air" in Air Training Corps."

163 Squadron are currently recruiting new members aged 13-16. If you would like to know more call the Squadron on 02476 854929 during a Monday or Wednesday evening or email
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 3, 2014
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