621VGS News

News from July 2011

Posted on: July 20th, 2011 by admin

The Air Cadet Organisation has celebrated its 70th Birthday in style at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

A flypast consisting of the following aircraft flown by the Air Cadets over the last 70 years:

Powered: Tiger Moth, Chipmunk, Bulldog and a Tutor
Motor Gliders: Venture and a Vigilant
Gliders: Sedburgh and a Swallow towed by a Chipmunk and a Prefect and MkIII towed by a Piper Cub.

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The aircraft gathered at Hullavington on the Tuesday prior to the event before training commencing on Wednesday. The display was given approval on Thursday with the first flypast at RIAT taking place on Friday at 6pm. As far as we are aware the first time the organisation has displayed at the event. The weather conditions over the weekend were not the best, rain cancelled Saturdays display and Sunday’s was also a close call.

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With some adjustments, the Sunday display went ahead with all the aircraft passing 70,000+ crowds and making it safetly back to Hullavington.

The display was given a special mention at the RIAT Hanger Party, the traditional closing evening event by Air Commadore Nigel Wharmby of the Air Tattoo’s Flying Control Committee. “The display with training aircraft and gliders was truly remarkable given that the wind and weather made conditions phenomenally difficult,” he said, adding: “I salute you.”

Posted on: July 19th, 2011 by admin

A team of six staff members from 621VGS beat 17 teams from the world’s best air forces in shooting and first aid on Friday, to win overall, the Royal International Air Tattoo Crew Challenge 2011 and take home the Lockheed Martin-sponsored trophy.

The competition required the teams to compete in a range of activities including raft building, first aid, shooting, assault course and aircraft recognition. Each member of the team brought their own strengths and the training they have received as part of their Air Cadet service was a key element in their success.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, congratulated the team on Saturday whilst visiting the Air Cadet display.

RIAT 2011 Crew Challenge Winners