480 Squadron News

Cadets go flying at RAF Cosford

Air Cadets from 480 (Studley) Squadron Air Training Corps received their first taste of flight in a recent visit to No.8 Air Experience Flight.

Cadets Hodges, Banes, Maddocks, Wells and Poxson from 480 Squadron travelled with other cadets from nearby 485 (Quinton & Harborne) Squadron to DCAE Cosford.

Despite the inclement weather all cadets from 480 took to the skies in the Grob Tutor aircraft with instructors from No. 8 AEF. This allowed them a full flying experience which included taking control of the light aircraft whilst in flight.

After flying, the cadets visited the RAF museum and to take a look at some of the aircraft flown previously by the RAF. It also allowed the cadets an insight into some of the inner workings of aero engines, thanks to the cutaway engines on display.

Despite being a long day, all the cadets came away with learning something new. Cadet Hodges said “I really enjoyed the flying as it was my first time in a light aircraft, but my favourite part was the museum. It allowed me to better understand the theory that we had covered in lessons”.

The Officer Commanding 480 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Mark Hulme, said “Air Experience Flights continue to be a core activity for our new cadets and always forms part of our flying syllabus. Once cadets reach 13 years and 3 months they are able to move onto the Gliding Induction Course, which allows them to gain real skills to become a pilot and we see Air Experience Flights as the first step of that journey”.

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