BUDDING fighter pilots are set to be taught how to take to the skies with a real-life aircraft fuselage.
Members of the Swadlincote (1211) Air Cadet Squadron will soon be able to train as up and coming fighter pilots in the cockpit of a glider.
The aircraft was due to be scrapped by the Loughborough University Gliding School, based at RAF Wittering in Lincolnshire. when it came to the attention of cadet Matt Leedham, who saw its potential as a training aid and rescued it.
Along with his father, Geoff, Matt refurbished the 40-year-old airframe and it will make its debut at a squadron open day later this week.
Matt told the Mail: “This piece of kit will a valuable training tool in preparing our youngsters for their first flight in a glider at one of our gliding squadrons.
“The air cadets are the largest gliding training organisation in the world and all of our cadets are given the opportunity to become glider pilots at the age of 16.”
The fuselage will on show at the squadron’s flagship open day, when members of the public will be allowed to take a seat and discover what its like to fly in one of the Air Training Corps’ glider fleet.
The annual event, which takes place on Sunday at the Eureka Park headquarters, is open to all members of the public to allow them to find out more about what the organisation can offer to youngsters aged 13 to 20.
Squadron Commander Alyn Thompson spoke to the Mail about the event and also about the future recruitment of new cadets.
She said: “Our open day consists of displays by the cadets including flight simulator, pioneering work, first aid and combat display. We will shortly be recruiting new youngsters aged 13 to 15 and this is an opportunity for them to find out more.”
More information is available by visiting www.1211sqn.org.uk/ , emailing Mr Thompson at email@example.com or by calling 01283 212629.