631 (Maesteg) Squadron Cadets Complete Gliding Scholarships

Gliding Scholarship Success________________________________________________________________________
Cpl Dan Mably (left) and Cdt Tom Jury (right) proudly showing their wings on their unifiorm

Two Cadets of 631 (Maesteg) Squadron Air Training Corps  have just completed Gliding Scholarships at Swansea Airport. 

The two cadets, Corporal Dan Mably (16) from Nantyffylon and Cadet Tom Jury (17) from Cwmfelin spent over  20 hours between them in the air learning to fly Vigilant motor gliders over the Gower Peninsular  at 636 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS). Built in Germany, the Vigilant  is a two seat training motor-glider with  a 17.4 m wingspan and cruises at 60 knots.  Their courses were at weekends and involved instruction in the air and on the ground by Air Cadet instructors of 636 VGS.

Tom was awarded his silver wings as he was able to fly a solo trip at the end of his course and said “It was amazing and the best experience of my life so far”. Dan, like most Air Cadets, flew his qualifying flight with an instructor alongside him and was awarded his blue wings said “I’m only 16 and to be allowed to fly a glider when I’m too young to drive a car has been a fantastic opportunity”.

Cadets selected for a Gliding Scholasrship is open to all cadets aged 16 and over who can pass a simple medical. 631 Squadron meet at Upper Street Maesteg on a Tuesday and Friday evening and welcome boys and girls aged 13 and over. The Squadron also welcomes adults who would like to help at the Squadron. Adults do not need to have previous ATC or RAF experience and can serve either in a uniformed or civilian instructor capacity.

Article and Images kindly supplied by : CI John Finch - 631 (Maesteg) Squadron
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