Soaring with Cadets

In addition to the recent soaring MVCS cadets have done, other regions across the country have been gliding through the skies as well.  The October-December issue of Volunteer has a feature article covering all of the fun and learning.  It also discusses the relationship between CAP and the Soaring Society of America (SSA).

The online issue features a superb video about the glider academy conducted by Southeast Region-Georgia Wing-Group III.  You’ll want to read the entire article, but check out the video below for a little inspiration!  (Note:  the volume may be muted at first.  Be sure to turn up the sound for complete enjoyment.)

Cadets Soar at Glider Day

Cadet SSgt. ALexander Johnson prepares to launch on his first glider flight.  Photo by 1st Lt Kevin Geiss.
Cadet Alexander Johnson prepares to launch on his first glider flight. Photo by 1st Lt Kevin Geiss.

Nine cadets from the National Capital Wing experienced glider flight this past weekend.

Cadets from Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Andrews, and Tuskegee squadrons spent the day at Louisa County Airport near Lake Anna, Va.

For most of the cadets it was not only their first glider flight, but also their first time in a Civil Air Patrol aircraft.

“It was cool, it was almost noiseless,” said Cadet Kyle Jung.

Pilots from Civil Air Patrol’s Virginia Wing volunteered over five hours of their time to fly the tow plane and glider.

Each glider flight began with release from the tow plane at an altitude of 3500 ft and lasted for about 15 minutes before landing on the grass strip back at Louisa Airport.

“It was lots of fun,” said Cadet Alexander Johnson. When asked about the best part of the flight, Johnson replied, “probably the landing.”

Civil Air Patrol glider cadet glider flight concludes with landing on grass strip at Louisa County Airport.  Photo by 1st Lt. Kevin Geiss.
Civil Air Patrol glider lands at Louisa County Airport. Photo by 1st Lt. Kevin Geiss.