Melton cadets given chance to fly

Cadet Hales just before take off'PHOTO: Supplied EMN-150403-134534001
Cadet Hales just before take off'PHOTO: Supplied EMN-150403-134534001
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High-flying Melton Air Cadets took to the skies for a very special experience.

Air Cadets from the 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron, South and East Midland Wing, took control of aircraft during a visit to RAF College Cranwell.

During an air experience flight, the pilot taxis out to the runway, takes off and finds some clear airspace and then hands over control to do some basic manoeuvres.

Some of the cadets who had flown before were given the chance to experience some aerobatics to develop their previous flying skills.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Knifton RAFVR(T), officer commanding, said: “Flying is one of the most unique opportunities that we offer to our cadets. They all came back grinning ear to ear and asking when they could go again.”

The Air Cadet Organisation is a youth organisation - made up of Air Training Corps (ATC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) (RAF section) - which provides opportunities for young people aged 13 to 20. Cadets are offered the chance to experience flying, gliding, target shooting, take part in seven major sports adventure training and many other activities.

As well as these, cadets get the opportunity to gain qualifications such as BTECs and first aid qualifications.

To find out more about the (Melton Mowbray) Squadron Air Training Corps visit