Chiara Minchin and Riley Alkman at the Telus Spark Science Centre in Calgary.

Trail/Nelson air cadets take skills on the road

Local air cadets take Citizen Tour to Southern Alberta

Thirty-six Air Cadets from Nelson and Trail went on a Citizenship tour to Southern Alberta from April 21-24.

On the first day the cadets traveled to Nanton and spent the night at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. In the evening, the cadets received a private tour of the museum. The next day the cadets watched as the museum’s Lancaster bomber ran it engines to officially start the museum’s 2017 season.

After Nanton, the cadets traveled to Calgary and went to the RCAF Museum of Alberta. There, the cadets saw displays on the history of Canada’s Air Force in Alberta and saw the aircraft that are in the museum’s Cold War display. The Cadets got up close looks at an F-86 Sabre, a CF-104 Starfighter and a CF-188 Hornet.

On Sunday, the cadets were given a tour of WestJet’s headquarters by WestJet’s Chief Pilot John Arron. The cadets saw WestJet’s training simulators in action and saw the behind the scenes workings of one of Canada’s major airlines. After WestJet, the cadets spent the afternoon at Calgary’s Telus Spark Science Centre.

On the last day, before returning home, the cadets had a chance to visit the headquarters of Kenn Borek Air and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) airport campus.

At Kenn Borek Air the cadets saw what it takes keep Kenn Borek’s fleet of Twin Otters and DC-3T’s operating in the Artic, Antarctic and the Caribbean.

At SAIT, the cadets saw SAIT students working towards their Aircraft Maintenance licences.

The Trail Squadron meets at the Trail Armories at 1990 7th Ave on Wednesday evenings

The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18.