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1070 Diss Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets take to the sky for first time





A group of lucky RAF Cadets from south Norfolk took to the sky for the first time last week – taking on loop the loops and barrel rolls to the amazement of onlookers thousands of feet below

The four aspiring pilots, aged 14 and 15, got behind the yoke of a Grob G 115 aircraft on Sunday, July 31, taking on some of the manoeuvres they had learned as part of their training with the 1070 Diss Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

George Harrison, 14, Angelica Matthews, 15, Amelia Shepherd, 14, and Sky Manning, 14, after their first flight. Picture: Georgia Brinkley.
George Harrison, 14, Angelica Matthews, 15, Amelia Shepherd, 14, and Sky Manning, 14, after their first flight. Picture: Georgia Brinkley.

George Harrison, 14, Angelica Matthews, 15, Amelia Shepherd, 14, and the aptly-named Sky Manning, 14, all took control of the aircraft whilst accompanied by an pilot at RAF Cranwell, in Lincolnshire.

Georgia Brinkley, commanding officer at the 1070 Diss Squadron, explained her joy at seeing the youngsters reach the landmark achievement in their aviation careers.

“They all had the biggest grin on their faces,” said the 24-year-old volunteer, who herself was a cadet with the squadron as a teenager.

“It was their first flight, and when they
get up in the air, it gives them a better understanding and appreciation of
flying.”

Every Tuesday and Thursday, the group will train at the Cadet Centre, in Sunnyside, Diss.

“We’re trying to encourage people into aviation,” added Miss Brinkley.

“Since Covid we have been able to get most of them flying, gliding, even some in a Chinook.

“A lot of people think that the organisation is just recruitment for the military, but a lot go into a wide variety of careers.

“Some want to join the RAF, some want to be commercial pilots, some even want to be doctors – but this provides them with the life skills they need.”

If you are aged between 12 and 16 and would like to get involved with the 1070 Diss Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets, send an email to adj.1070@rafac.mod.gov.uk.



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