News & Events
02 February 2016
After an astounding six year cadet career, Cadet Warrant Officer Connor Williams got to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly in a Hawk T2.
Originally joining 275 (Nantyglo and Blaina) Squadron in September 2009, Connor has attended RIAT, UK and overseas camps, gained his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, Regional Marksman, Communicators badge, BTECs, the Sports Leader Award and even completed the Nijmegen March in 2012.
Because of his achievements and commitment to the RAF Air Cadets, Flight Lieutenant Paul Maitland, Commanding Officer of 275 decided to arrange something a bit special for him as a thank you for his hard work and the excellent examples that he has set for others.
After an email to the Air Careers Liaison Officer Flight Lieutenant Al Spence at RAF Valley, the Station Commander approved a passenger flight for Connor in the Hawk T2, a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, 2-seat training aircraft that is used to train pilots for the Tornado GR4, Typhoon and Lightning II.
Travelling to RAF Valley in Anglesey, Connor was kitted out with a flying suit and helmet, he had to pass a medical with an RAF doctor and attend a safety briefing, before experiencing a fantastic 40 minute flight in a Hawk T2 through the Mid-Wales Mountains to include two circuits of the famous Mach Loop.
Connor turns 20 in June and plans on remaining at the squadron as a Civilian Instructor.
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