18 Jun 2020

Excited air cadets had a special visitor this week when they were joined by a member of the famous Red Arrows for a virtual parade night.

Flight Lieutenant David Simmonds, who is currently Red 5, logged in for the virtual parade night at 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Squadron.

The Air Training Corps squadron also invited cadets from the neighbouring Combined Cadet Force at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Staffordshire Wing Air Training Corps.

There was a great interest in attending the online event, with more than 200 people “attending” said Civilian Instructor Rubina Begum who organised the session.

Flt Lt Simmonds gave a presentation relating to his career, beginning as an air cadet with 118 (Ipswich) Squadron, through to becoming a member of the RAF’s Red Arrows.

The event provided a glimpse into the daily life of a Red Arrows’ pilot during the winter training regime and the effect of COVID-19 restrictions on them.

Following his presentation, David took questions from the cadets and he encouraged them to reach for the stars.

Commandant RAFAC, Air Commodore, Dawn McCafferty said: “It's so cool that so many members of the RAF and other hugely inspirational people are connecting with cadets virtually to tell their stories and answer their questions. Thanks to all who are linking up.”

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