Friday 2nd of December saw our annual squadron prize giving held at HMS Scotia. Special guests in attendance included the Earl of Elgin, Wing Commander McRae and Fg Off (retired) Mitchell. Hosting the evening was OC 1145 Sqn Flt Lt Kyle. The evening also included presentations for 1145 (Kinross) DF.
The evening started off with a brief reprisal of another successful year for 1145 Squadron. We then moved on to a round of promotions. Promoted to FS was Sgt Maxwell, promoted to Sgt was Cpl Fairfield, Promoted to Cpl was, Cdt White, Cdt Gray, Cdt Richmond and Cdt Clough. Congratulations to all promotees.
We then continued on with all the other awards including the attendance cup which was won by Cpl Clough and Cdt Nevil, runner up FS Maxwell. Classifications that were earned by Cpl Gray, Cdt Lawrence, Cdt Todman and Cdt Martins. We then had two talks from Cpl Clough and FS Maxwell who done their talks in front of the Earl of Elgin. Public speaking, we had a competition at the squadron about a month before hand and Cpl Clough and FS Maxwell were the two who got to do it at prize giving in front of the Earl Of Elgin who would pick the winner but he listened to them both and was so impressed with them he awarded them both joint 1st.
We then moved onto the charity award which we are proud as a squadron each year to select a charity and raise money for the selected charity. This year we raised £750 for Cerebra and Combat Stress. The winner of the charity awards for his efforts in fundraising was Sgt Scott. Next year our selected charity is The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund which we are looking forward to raising money for. This charity is close to our hearts as he was a former member of 1145 Sqn.
One of the final events of the evening was our recruits getting their formal enrolment. They were enrolled by our new squadron padre who formally enrolled them by addressing them and giving them the cadet promise to read so they could officially become a cadet.
The evening’s events concluded with a speech by Lord Bruce, Deputy Lord Lieutenant.
On Sunday the 4th December, 8 cadets went flying up at 12 AEF, Leuchars Station. When we arrived we were given safety instructions and talked through everything that would happen. When it was our turn we would go through to the kitting area where we were fitted with our flight suits, chutes and helmet. once we were ready and everything was properly fitted we waiting until the pilot was ready.
When the pilot was ready we walked out onto the runway and stepped into the plane that we would be flying in, the pilot made me feel at ease and he explained what he was doing each step of the way as he was getting ready for take off. When he was granted permission he shot off down the runway and soon we were in the air. I got the opportunity to take the controls for a little while and he explained what each control was for as I used them. We did a few circuits of the airfield before coming back in to land.
I had a great day and since it was my first flight I really enjoyed it and cant wait to go back for more!