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Monday, 8 June 2015

The First Youth Avaition Day gets off to a Flying Start!

On Sunday 7th June, 84 Squadron were invited to attend the first Youth Aviation Day at Husbands Bosworth Gliding Club. 15 Cadets and 3 staff went along to find out what was on offer at the airfield in relation to the aviation industry and other uniformed organisations.

The event was organised by a combination of Squadrons from South and East Midlands Wing and the Gliding Centre at Husbands Bosworth. It was designed to allow young people with an interest in aviation to come along, have a close up look at some aircraft, try out some activities and meet with a wide range of interesting people. Stands were scattered around the airfield alongside the cordoned off runway where throughout the day there were flying displays. As the sun shone bright various aircraft took off including the UK’s No1 female aerobatics pilot who tore across the sky in unbelievable twists and turns followed swiftly by a pair of remote controlled hawks as used by the Red Arrows.

Cadet McGeever takes to the wheel
The cadets went off to explore the different interest stands, challenging each with different activities such as the inflatable climbing tower and slide named ‘Spider Mountain’ and the hovercraft circuits. Also on offer was a demo of the Land Rover Defender range both in military and civilian versions. Of course, the cadets wanted to pose for photos riding on this mean machine!

Cadet Gill gets in to get a better look
Some cadets from the other units had camped out in the field adjacent and used the gliding club’s fantastic overnight facilities. They were on hand throughout the day to assist with parking, directing visitors on arrival and giving the all important safety briefing. The CafĂ©, BBQ and ice cream van were busy all day, especially with cold drinks as the weather was scorching hot.

This was the first event of this kind arranged for cadets, scouts, cubs etc and following from its success we are hoping to get more involved next year and make this an annual event not to be missed.

The McGeever Brothers try out the glider
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