Cadets fly high after Chinook chopper trip

Berkhamsted Air Cadets got to fly in a Chinook.
Berkhamsted Air Cadets got to fly in a Chinook.

Air cadets leapt at the chance to take to the skies in one of the RAF’s iconic Chinook helicopters.

The 16 youngsters and three staff from Berkhamsted Air Training Corps enjoyed a VIP visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, which was organised by former group cadet Air Vice-Marshall Carl Dixon, who is now the commander of the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command.

A tour of the base gave the group a glimpse of life within the RAF but the highlight of the day was a 45-minute flight in a Chinnock from 27 Squadron flown by Flt Lt Tim Andrews, who has just returned from Afghanistan.

Ft Lt Elaine Porter, the officer commanding Berkhamsted Air Training Corps, said: “It was a last minute invite and one the cadets will remember for a long time.”