Exeter Air Cadets visit “The Home of Army Aviation”
Members of 13 (City of Exeter) Squadron Air Training Corps recently enjoyed a visit to the Headquarters of the Army Air Corps (AAC) as part of their training program.
Cadets and Staff from the Wyvern Barracks based unit travelled to Middle Wallop Airfield in Hampshire. The day started with a look at a Gazelle AH1 helicopter with 7 Regiments Conversion Flight, the unit that trains British Army pilots to fly the Gazelle. Afterwards they were given a safety brief before being spit into groups of four & enjoyed a fantastic 25 minute flight in the aircraft round the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
After lunch the Cadets were given a talk on the AAC, the British Army’s air element, including recruitment opportunities. They were then shown the Lynx storage area where recently retired Army and Navy Lynx are having parts such as their gearboxes removed before they are scrapped, to be reused in the production of the new Agusta Westland Wildcat helicopter which are being built in Yeovil.
The day finished with a visit to 763 Squadron (the Army’s Apache attack helicopter training unit) for a talk on the aircraft’s systems and capabilities. The Cadets then had a walk round of the aircraft and were able to sit in the cockpit. One of the comments made was how big the Apache actually is, it’s only less than half a meter shorter than the massive Chinooks flown by the Royal Air Force.