Exciting times for air cadets

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A visit to a newly restarted flight experience at RAF Leuchars gave two Carnoustie cadets their first opportunity behind the stick.

The young men from 2449 (Carnoustie) Squadron Air Training Corps, Corporal Ben Salmond and Cadet Thomas Doig (pictured), were accompanied by Adult Sergeant Ton Podger on their visit to the Fife base to fly the basic training aircraft the Grob Tutor II which was back in the air after two years of technical issues.

Both cadets were given the opportunity by their accompanying pilot instructors to fly the plane, an experience much enjoyed by the young flyers.

As a special treat, Graeme Swierczek, a former Cadet Warrant Officer with 2449 Squadron, visited his old unit to give a talk on his experiences as a fast jet pilot in both an operational and training role.

The squadron also enjoyed recent success in the North East Scotland Wing Cross Country Championships thanks to Group B boys’ team of Sgt. Andrew Young, Sgt. Jack McGillivray, Cpl. Jamie Spall and Cdt. Jack Gates, who took second. Sgt. Young will go forward to represent the Wing in the regional competition.