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Tribute To The Air Cadets

Published: 12 May 2016


As part of official celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps, the Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 will feature a static display of vintage gliders used by the Air Cadet Organisation over the years.

The oldest of them on show will be the Slingsby Kirby Cadet, Slingsby Grasshopper and Slingsby Sedbergh, all employed by the ATC during the early post-war years. Moving the story on is the Slingsby Venture, the first powered glider to be employed by the Air Cadets, while current equipment is depicted by examples of the Grob Viking glider and Grob Vigilant motorglider.

"I know the presence of these Air Cadet gliders old and new will be a nostalgic sight for many visitors to the Air Tattoo", said Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong. "Thousands of people have been able to take flight thanks to the Air Cadet Organisation, and large numbers of military aviators 'cut their teeth' on its glider aircraft. We are delighted at Air Tattoo 2016 to stage this major commemoration of the Air Training Corps' 75th anniversary, and to promote the Air Cadet Organisation's aim of broadening the horizons of young people across the country."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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