84 Sqn ATC Crest

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Feet on the Ground...Head in the Clouds!

Air Cadet Casey Childs has just taken part in two very contrasting events with 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron. Within the space of a week he paraded in Leamington Spa centre for the Battle of Britain Memorial Service and then a week later he took to the skies as part of the Air Experience Flying Programme.
The Battle of Britian Memorial Service was held on 18th September at the War Memorial in Leamington Spa. Cadets and staff from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron were joined by 2028 (Southam) Squadron to stand alongside vetrans from Royal Air Force Association and the Royal Naval Association for the short but poignant service of remembrance. Part of the service included a two minute silence to reflect on the impact the efforts of the daring pilots back in 1940 have on life today. After the service the cadets were then invited back to the RAFA club for refreshments. There were many comments from passers-by on how smart the cadets were in their uniform and deportment whilst on parade.
A week later, Cadet Childs, who had taken part in the Leamington parade, took to the air himself as part of the Air Experience Flying scheme from RAF Cosford. He took up his camera and got a few snaps from
the air, including the obligatory selfie with his pilot instructor. During the flight, Cadet Childs was able to take control of the aircraft and then his instructor showed him how things look upside down with a series of basic acrobatic manouevers. Cadet Childs only joined the ATC back in Feb this year, was thrilled to be given the chance to take to the skies and was so enthusiastic when he finally landed back on the ground.