2496 (Cumbernauld) Squadron at RIAT 15

A group of 12 Air Cadets from 2496 Cumbernauld Sqn were requested to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Fairford, Gloucestershire on Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th July 2015 to assist the charity organisation "Flying Scholarships for Disabled People" .

On the Saturday the cadets had to set up a presentation and awards ceremony enclosure and large marquee for disabled scholars, their families and other high profile dignitaries. The scholars from all over the United Kingdom have been awarded a flying scholarship after rigorous selection processes at RAF Cranwell. The cadets were treated to a visit by Countdown's Carol Vorderman in her capacity as Honorary Group Captain of the Air Cadets and as a champion and sponsor of Flying scholarships for Disabled People. Carol spent time talking to the cadets and staff and was given a short lesson in drill delivered by Flight Sergeant ATC Graeme Cairns and Warrant Officer ATC Jim Thompson. She also had photographs taken with the cadets and staff.

Cadets With Carol Vorderman

Cadet Mitchell Ferguson said" It was nice to meet Carol Vorderman and she allowed me to take a selfie with her. I was nervous at first talking to her but she was very friendly and I soon relaxed".

Cadet Sarah Spencer said" It was really exciting to meet Carol Vorderman and she was asking lots of questions about the air cadets and what we were doing at the airshow".

"This was indeed an honour for the squadron said Flight Lieutenant Stevie Cairns "as this is a special event in aviation for Flying Scholarships for the Disabled after it had been set up by Group Captain and 2nd world war ace Sir Douglas Bader". "This was set up after he had lost both legs in an aircraft accident and had to overcome many hurdles to allow him to fly again".

2496 Cdts With FSDP Scholars Chef Of The Air Staff Sir Andrew Pulford And Prince Faisal Of Jordan

On Sunday the 19th July the cadets mounted a Guard of Honour for His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall Sir Andrew Pulford. The cadets had photographs taken with the Prince and Sir Andrew who also chatted to them about life as an air cadet. The cadets also had a photoshoot with the current Red Arrows, the RAF's premier aerobatic team and they also had a chat with the team asking questions about life as a Red Arrow display pilot. The cadets also met with the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight where they got to ask questions about what it is like to fly world war two aircraft such as the Spitfire and Lancaster.

2496 Cdts GOH 2 Prince Faisal 19-07-2015 RIAT 2015

Flying Officer Pauline Gallagher (37) who has a disability has been a scholar on the scheme and she travelled to South Africa for her 6 weeks of training where she was sponsored by the Red Arrows Charity for her scholarship. She said that "Flying Scholarships for Disabled People helps promote confidence and make others feel they can achieve their ultimate potential it also demonstrates that anyone can have the opportunity to learn to fly as disability has no barriers in the air". Flight Lieutenant Cairns said. "The staff of 2496 are proud of Pauline as she does a lot of good work for the charity and is a valued team member at the squadron".

Pauline is setting up a charity event called Freedom of Flight to raise £200,000 where she will participate in flying to every county in the United Kingdom for Flying Scholarships for Disabled People to allow them to experience the freedom flying can offer. She is asking people and commercial organisations for sponsorship and would be grateful if anyone could contribute to a worthwhile cause.

If any companies or individuals are willing to contribute or sponsor Pauline, please contact 2496 Squadron on 01236 451070 on Monday and Thursday evenings.

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