Town’s cadets see Lancasters in action

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Youngsters from Castleford were part of a lucky group of air cadets who got the chance to see two Lancaster bombers in action.

Members of Castleford Air Cadets squadron joined youngsters from Wakefield Huddersfield, Bradford, Holmfirth and Sheffield on a trip to RAF Coningsby.

The cadets were able to see the two aircraft, called Vera and Thumper, outside their hangers at the Lincolnshire RAF base before getting the chance to see them in the air.

Flt Lt Peter Hiley, from the King Ecgbert squadron and camp commandment for the week, said: “This is the first time that two Lancasters have flown together anywhere in the world for 50 years.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all the cadets and staff who were on the camp.

“They will remember it for the rest of their lives. It was awesome.”

The cadets also got the chance to speak to some of the crews at the RAF base and ask them about their experiences of flying the historical aircraft.

Flt Lt Hiley added: “We would like to thank all of the crews at the base for giving the cadets an unforgettable experience.”