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Viking Volunteer's Excited for First Air Tattoo!

Published: 02 Jul 2015   updated: 06 Jul 2015

The Royal International Air Tattoo is set to give a warm welcome to 622 VGS (Volunteer Gilding Squadron) as they make their Air Tattoo debut in July. 

Operating six Viking T Mk 1 gliders, 622 VGS' team of volunteer instructors, which includes serving personnel from all three armed forces, provides gliding training to both the Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force cadets in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire from their base at Upavon airfield. 

Squadron Leader Steve Goddard said "The Squadron is very excited to support this year's Viking static display for the first time. In 2014 622 VGS celebrated its 70th anniversary; the opportunity to attend RIAT this year will conclude the Sqn's anniversary events. The team at 622 VGS wish to offer their full support to RIAT by way of thanks for the recent arrival of the Viking Simulator which was funded by the RAF Charitable Trust and is now being used for staff training as well as proving to be a great asset to local cadets."
"The team is hoping to meet as many people as possible throughout RIAT whilst supporting the large Air Cadet presence on site. We are hoping to have the cockpit open to the public and are looking forward to making our RIAT debut so please look out for us on the Showground and come and meet the team".

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