Sandy Cadets Get Helicopter Experience

On Friday 30th October, eighteen cadets from 22 (Sandy) Squadron and 73 (Huntingdon) Squadron got the chance to flying in an RAF Sea King helicopter.

The flight took place from Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk, the base of B flight 22 Squadron Royal Air Force, who share an affiliation with 22 (Sandy) Squadron. On arrival the cadets undertook the pre-flight safety briefing, before being kitted out for their flights.

Each of the cadets got to experience a flight lasted around15 minutes, flying around Suffolk and over Ipswich. Throughout the flight the cadets were connected to the aircraft’s intercom, allowing the cadets the unique opportunity to talk to the aircrew inflight, and listen the crew at work.

During the flight, some the cadets even had the chance to put on a harness and sit at the edge of the aircrafts large side door of the aircraft during the trip.
After their flights the cadets got the chance to have an up-close look around the aircraft, which next year will go out of service along with the end of RAF search and rescue operations.

Cadet Brandon Beddall, 14, commented, “The day was really amazing. Not everyone can say they’ve been able to fly in an RAF helicopter”.

22 (Sandy) Squadron Air Cadets