621 Volunteer Gliding School celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2003. As part of the celebrations the squadron borrowed a Sedbergh from the Air Cadet Vintage Flight based at Syerston and flew from all of the schools previous home airfields. Flying the Sedbergh brought back memories for many staff, and for the younger staff a chance to fly a vintage aircraft.
In fact many of the staff enjoyed it so much they bought their own Sedburgh and created the 621 VGS Vintage Flight. The idea being to preserve and operate former Air Training Corps gliders.
In 2009, after five years, the Flight changed its name to 621VGS Historic Flight in order to be more recognisable by those that provide us with support such as permission to operate on the airfield, Air Traffic and Met services.
Air Cadet gliding suffered a pause in 2014 (due to an Airworthiness Assurance issue with the aircraft), the existance of the Historic Flight allowed staff members from the VGS to remain in flying practice ready for when normal operations resumed in 2017.
It was announced in 2015 that Hullavington Airfield would be sold and the VGS would be relocated. The airfield was sold in 2016.
Whilst 621 VGS now operates from RAF Little Rissington, alongside 637 VGS, the Historic Flight was not given permission to operate. It operated for a time from the Vale of Whitehorse Gliding Club near Swindon, but now operates from the Bristol and Gloucester Gliding Club at Nympsfield.
621 VGS Historic Flight is currently based apart from 621 VGS at Bristol and Gloucester Gliding Club at Nympsfield in Gloucestershire. You can contact us through the VGS by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We'd love to hear from you if you have a story to tell or pictures of our aircraft. Perhaps you still have some parts tucked away in the cupboard that would help keep these historic gliders in the air!
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