RECENTLY, Air Cadets Lachlan Davies, Zena Poulakis and Pippa from 372 (Barry) Squadron flew in the modern Vigilant glider at MOD St. Athan, feeling at first hand the sensation of glider flying.

Arriving early in the morning at 634 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, the cadets were immediately given detailed safety, weather, flying and operational briefs relating to the days activities. This was also the point at which the cadets were introduced to their pilots and ground staff who would be looking after them.

The aim of the day was to gain experience of flying the glider under the guidance of the pilot, using the control column and rudder pedals. Each flight typically lasting 20-30 minutes, flying at about 1500 feet is sufficient to carry out all the training on each particular sortie, as well as providing excellent aerial views of the Vale. The cadets were actually surprised at just how easy it felt to fly the glider.

The cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In the process they also learnt about glider flying at first hand whilst passing their gliding induction course, with “flying colours”.

Lachlan commented about the flight “that was really exciting and I can’t wait to fly in the Vigilant again it was an amazing flight, I thoroughly enjoyed the views and taking control of glider was totally unreal”.

The Air Cadets also undertake many other exciting activities including adventure training, shooting, sport, field craft, project work and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, expeditions and camps to RAF Stations around the United Kingdom.

If you have a spirit for adventure, 372 (Barry) Squadron have vacancies for boys and girls between 13-18 years old. The Squadron parade on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9.30pm behind Adams Funeral Parlour (by the Memorial Hall) or you can phone the Squadron on 01446 747734, email or visit for more information.