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On Saturday 4 June, four very lucky RAF cadets, including me, were granted the opportunity to go gliding at RAF Kenley with the 615 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.

Excitement was running high on the morning as we were the first cadets to go flying since April of 2017 . When we arrived, it was raining; regardless, we carried on with the ground training, which included things like how to put on a parachute and also how to enter and exit the aircraft. We were then accompanied to the hangar, where we got our first sighting of the aircraft we would be flying: a Viking T1. Shortly after, a briefing was given to us, along with all other members at the base, as to the programme for the day. This was followed by a military-grade weather report - which was much more accurate than the reports we get on the news! And then, we were driven out to the airfield, towing the glider behind us. Finally, on the airfield and waiting for our turn, we helped prepare the glider for launch each time before the glider was winch-launched into the air at an acceleration exceeding that of a Formula 1 car! Each of us got the opportunity to fly twice in the glider and the experience was just as exhilarating both times - it felt like a rollercoaster. The flight around the vicinity of Kenley Aerodrome went up to around 1,000 feet, and we could see the skyscrapers of Central London as well as the various dials and instruments in front of us. The day ended with a return to the building where we were informed that all four of us had achieved our Blue Wings badge, which can be applied to our uniform. It is a real honour being one of only four cadets wearing the badge within the whole of the RAF section at CCF. Overall, the day was a huge success!

Article by Vivaan, Year 9

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