On the 1st April 2017, myself, Corporal Rabone and Cadet Williams went to VGS Upavon to partake in a cadet Blue Wings Course. The day started with familiarisation briefings and we were then split into two groups. My group went into the Gliding Simulator first where we learnt the glider controls and dials and how to use them. Whilst we waited we watched Top Gun and socialised. Then the groups swapped after lunch, my group went to visit Lord Trenchard’s Office – where he sat 100 years ago that day and formed the RAF! We got a tour around his building and then returned to the VGS for team building and leadership exercises. After everyone finished, we were presented with our new badges!
The Simulator – Experiencing how to do the basics of gliding e.g. roll left/right; pitch up/down; bank left/right was the same concept as flying in the Grob Tutor so what I learnt was the different controls that the glider had and it was interesting how the glider works compared to the Grob Tutor. It was very different and it was very useful learning about it.
Leadership Exercises – Doing the leadership exercises was interesting. Working out a task with other people was challenging but it comes with a lot of fun and laughs as well. It makes you think to speak up and give ideas of how to possibly carry out the task in hand. On the way of doing the leadership exercises the staff add in rules to change how the team operate or how your allowed to carry out the task. It was fun and an active part of the day.
The Blue Wings course was a fabulous day in which we ventured into Lord Trenchard’s office. This office was in fact where he signed the papers to make the RAF. The day we went was 99 years since the RAF was formed. Inside his office, was his desk and some uniform he used to wear. Everything from pencils to curtains were still there looking as vintage as ever! There was also the very same typewriter that he used. This visit was very inspiring and I enjoyed every minute.
By Cadet Williams, Corporal Rabone and Sergeant Green