Welsh Air Cadets lose Gliding Squadrons

Two Grob Viking TX Mk1 gliders of 614 Volunteer Gliding Squadron at Wethersfield (Crown Copyright)
Two Grob Viking TX Mk1 gliders of 614 Volunteer Gliding Squadron at Wethersfield (Crown Copyright)

In a restructuring of the UK’s Air Cadets Wales is set to lose its Gliding Squadrons.

The move was announced by Julian Brazier MP and means Wales will lose both of its Volunteer Glider Squadrons (VGS), 634 VGS based at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan and 636VGS based at Swansea Airport.

Mr Brazier said that “failed to find a value for money approach to successfully repair and recover all 146 gliders” which means that Welsh Air Cadets will have to travel to England to continue glider flying.

Having flown gliders since 1955, 634 VGS said on Facebook:  “It is with our deepest regret that we have been made aware that as of today 634 VGS will be disbanded along with several other VGS nation wide.

After a long association within Wales for many decades air cadet gliding will be no more.”

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