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CCF Cadets Take to the Skies

Stamford CCF at RAF CranwellOn Wednesday 8th February eight Year 10 RAF cadets attended RAF Cranwell where they experienced flying for the first time in a Grob Tutor aircraft. One of the cadets, Chloe Smyth, has written the following report on the experience.

At the start of February of this year, eight of us were lucky enough to experience our first ever flight in a Grob Tutor at RAF Cranwell. The flying aspect of the RAF section is by far the best part as it allows us all to experience what it is actually like to pilot an aircraft, and it truly is one of the most exhilarating feelings. To be allowed this amazing opportunity, all of us RAF cadets had to pass our Proficiency 1 exam. After being lucky enough to gain 100% in this, myself and the seven other highest scorers in the section were given the first chance to fly. 

Upon arrival at RAF Cranwell, we were greeted with a safety tutorial on the joys of parachuting out of the Tutor if an incident were to occur, and had to practice this ourselves in a replica of the cockpit whilst wearing a training parachute, all before being fitted with the real kit. My partner and I were then taken to get our flying suits, parachutes and helmets fitted for the flight, and then escorted to the Tutors, which were sat ready for us to fly. After being connected to the radio, meeting the pilot and taxiing out onto the runway, we were ready to take off and start the flight. 

It goes without saying, the actual flying was the best part of the whole experience; the pilot was very eager to allow me to fly the Tutor myself and, after hunting for a space in the clouds, to try some very thrilling aerobatics. I was able to learn how to turn with and without the rudder pedals, learn how to nose dive, and experience some loops, barrel roles and stall turns. The G-Forced mixed with the adrenaline rush, while quite an odd feeling at first was definitely an unmatched feeling, and I fell in love with it instantly. After landing, I immediately wanted to go back up again and repeat the amazing experience. 

Overall, flying in the Grob Tutor was one of the most incredible experiences I have had, and I thoroughly encourage anyone thinking about joining the Stamford CCF to join the RAF section, as this truly is an amazing privilege and I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to do so.  

Chloe Smyth, Year 10