Recently, three cadets from the Squadron attended an Air Experience Flying session at RAF Wyton. This is an insight into Cadet Lucas Baker’s first time flying with Air Cadets.
It was an early start to the morning, I had to get up at 0600 to get prepared, but nevertheless, it was all worthwhile. There were three of us; Cadet Chang, Cadet Brown, and myself. We met at the squadron at 0700 hours to start our 90 minute drive for RAF Wyton.
Once we arrived at RAF Wyton, we headed straight into our safety briefing. This itself took around an hour and a half. During this time, we learned parachuting drills along with what to do in the event of an emergency. Then after everyone was tested, we went off in threes to get kitted up.
As we entered the kit room, we handed in our 3822 record of service book. After we were kitted out with a pair of overalls, gloves and and a helmet, we were briefed on the purpose of each bit of kit, and how it worked. Finally, we were issued our parachutes and out of the cabin we walked.
We walked across the tarmac, nearing the plane; this was when the butterflies started to kick in. Before I could get myself around the excitement, I was beside the plane’s wing, stepping up the ladder, then strapped in to my seat. The cabin shut. Propellers span. And off we moved.
The pilot, flew us to a safe altitude then explained the instruments and controls, after which I was given the command “You have control”. At first I was unsure of myself, but soon got over it and was absolutely going for it. I learned how to turn a plane, increase and decrease altitude, control my speed, and how to keep in straight flight. Then the most exciting part, aerobatics, I had a go at loop the loop, barrel rolls and knife flying.
Before I knew it half an hour had passed and it was time to head back. As soon as we landed, we went back to the cabin and returned our kit. We were given back our 3822′s, along with our “First Flight Certificate”. All in all it was an overwhelming experience, and would recommended any cadet to try out, it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Cadet Lucas Baker.