Diss air cadets take to the skies

AIR Cadets and staff from 1070 (Diss) Squadron spent a recent weekend in the skies, with Cadets getting the chance to go both flying and gliding.

AIR Cadets and staff from 1070 (Diss) Squadron spent a recent weekend in the skies, with Cadets getting the chance to go both flying and gliding.

Four Cadets travelled to RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire to experience flying in a Grob Tutor, the aircraft flown by Prince William as part of his pilot training. Those who

had flown before were

given the opportunity to experience aerobatics first hand, and were even given the chance to take control of the plane.


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Watton airfield was the destination of other Cadets, who got to spend the day gliding. It was the first time in the air for some.

Cadet James Keeling, 14, said: "I could not believe how quiet it was when we were in the air, you could see all the way to Norwich but all

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you could hear was the

wind whistling over your head.

"I was a bit nervous at first but once I was up in the air it was brilliant. I'd really love to get a Glider Scholarship with the Air Cadets when I'm a bit older."

Volunteer instructor Ian Bushnell, who works for Suffolk County Council, also got to take to the skies. He said: "When you go to work on Monday and people ask what you did at the weekend, they don't expect to hear that I

was soaring over their

heads in a glider.

"There are so many opportunities for adults to instruct and gain qualifications with the Air Cadets, it's amazing. To see the look of achievement on a young Cadet's face when they've take over the controls gives you a wonderful sense

of pride. There's nothing like it."

Diss Air Cadets parade every Tuesday and Thursday, at the Drill Hall, Sunnyside, Diss from 7pm until 9.30pm. They welcome young people aged 13 to 18.

To find out more, visit www.aircadets.org or call 0845 600 6601 for an information pack.

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