Great memories for me. I was only in Air Cadets for two years and only reached the rank of Corporal before leaving at 17 (and putting my effort into university admission), but still it was probably the most fun time in my life. I was with 707 Etobicoke Sqn, and attended the Air Studies course at CFB Trenton in 1996. Had rides on the gliders, Cessnas and a C-130H Hercules. The course material was so interesting that we were actually motivated to plan out navigation routes in our spare time!
We went to several airshows and got a chance to speak to a lot of the USAF guys and get behind the scenes tours of some of their aircraft. I had the chance to see every nook and cranny on the KC-10 which was really an interesting experience. They were always impressed by our discipline and the standard of grooming. Our boots were far shinier than any of theirs, as they freely admitted
Even though it wasn't officially with Air Cadets, I got my Glider Pilot license at York Soaring in 1997 with a bunch of other cadets, man that was an awesome summer!
We had one CO
that was completely with it and made everything enjoyable and was very accessible, but after she was replaced the new guy didn't really know how to keep things interesting and thats part of the reason why I left. Also the parental politics were a bit retarded, basically there wasn't fair treatment for flying scholarship selections. But oh well, overall it was still overwhelmingly a positive experience.
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