Nelson Leader : February 14th 2013
16 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 NEWS Ray White Richmond Are proud to introduce commission from 2.95% + GST 03 544 8778 Baldwin & Brown (Richmond) Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008) without sacrificing quality or service! Red Checkers pilots inspire cadets Loopers: The Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers team perform over Tasman Bay in their CT4- E Airtrainer aircraft. PHOTOS: MARTIN DE RUYTER Meet the crew: The Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers team and 23 Squadron Air Cadets pose for a photograph after the team's display over Nelson in their CT4- E Airtrainer aircraft. By SARAH DUNN Buttons galore: Red Checkers pilot Flight Lieutenant Matt Walls shows Shelley Blaker ofNo23 Squadron Air Training Cadets the cockpit of the CT4-E Airtrainer aircraft after the display. Nelson air cadets got the chance to see the RNZAF's Red Checkers planes up close after their star turn in the skies above the region last Sunday. The 23SQN Air Training Corps Cadets watched the stunt pilots' display from their parade ground at Nelson Airport before welcom- ing them back to earth. The five pilots are all instructors at the RNZAF's Ohakea base in Mana- watu and the planes they fly are 15-year-old Hamilton-built CT-4 Airtrainers. The 31 teenage cadets meet every week to study military his- tory, aviation, learn skills like shooting and navigation, and pol- ish their leadership skills. Flight Lieutenant Rick McNabb said they made the most of their oppor- tunity on Sunday to learn more about the planes. We don't see the Red Checkers here very often and usually their skills are only ever seen at air shows, so it was a treat for every- one,'' Rick said. The finale where the Red Checkers Team performed their vertical 360 and spaghetti manoeuvre to finish with hap- pened right above the heads of the cadets. It was something special for them.'' Rick said the pilots were great, commenting that they seemed pleased to have the cadets there. He said the fact that the Red Checkers took time out to talk to the teens showed that the air force was keen to give cadets opportun- ities the general public did not get. The Nelson Air Training Corps has 10 spaces left for new air cadets.
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