January 2022 - Issue 52122 (6)

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Selected cadets from both Liverpool and Warrington sections

were given a chance to take to the skies, in an amazing glider

experience! It meant an early start in order to arrive at RAF

Ternhill for the initial safety briefing at 08:30. Once this

briefing was complete, cadets were shown the Part Task

Trainer (PTT) and covered various elements of ground school

so they could assist in the launching of aircraft.

As the pilots received their briefing and flight staff were

getting the aircraft into position, our cadets were in the crew

room mixing and getting to know the cadets from the other

school. This was a great example of our schools giving our

young people equal opportunities regardless of social

background, with them becoming aware of those of different

nationalities and in different circumstances. It was, in short,

what Great Schools Trust is all about.

Once the aircraft were readied, all of the cadets were

transported onto the airfield to get ready for their

experience. Cadets were delighted to find our very own

Sergeant (Sgt) Kieran Shingler would be one of the pilots

flying them that day. Nerves calmed down once they saw a

familiar face in the pilot seat preparing them for their first


All of the cadets who flew were able to get two launches

each, meaning they are now eligible to wear the blue Glider

badge on their blue uniform. Once again, it was great to see

our cadets interacting and sharing their experience with

other schools, whilst ultimately meeting one of the main aims

of the RAF Air Cadets in promoting a practical interest in

aviation amongst young people. It certainly won’t be an

experience they’ll forget!

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