331SQN cadets during their visit to Amberley.
331SQN cadets during their visit to Amberley.

Local cadets fly high at RAAF base

A GROUP of Australian Air Force Cadets from Coffs Harbour's 331SQN travelled to Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley recently to undertake an air experience weekend.

While on the Defence Force Base, cadets visited a number of facilities including Boeing Engineering, Tasman Aeronautical Repair Engineering, Search and Rescue and the Air Traffic Control Tower.

A highlight of the visit was a 30 minute flight in a Tomahawk and a motorised glider.

"331SQN cadets usually fly the Cessna 152 but it was great to experience a different aircraft like the Tomahawk with a higher cruising air speed, different handling and controls," Cadet Sergeant Graham-Higgs said.

Cadet Corporal Emma Hayes, who recently achieved her solo gliding badge, was particularly pleased with the opportunity to fly in a German motorised glider and now adds motorised gliding to her already impressive record of tug and winch driven gliding.

Cadets were accommodated on base and ate in the mess giving them great insight into "life on base".

Their tour of the base included getting up close with the F/A-18 Hornet, C/-17 Globemaster, RC-30A Refueller and the recently retired F-111, especially noting the huge difference between the very large F-111 engine and the smaller more efficient Hornet engine.

The weekend concluded with an inspection and briefing about the 1946 DHC-1 de Havilland 'Chipmunk' from the Royal Air Force with cadets sitting at the controls.

The Squadron is now looking forward to a return visit to RAAF Base Amberley in 2013. 



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