On Sunday, cadets from Squadron 1007 received an opportunity to fly in gliders! Just like powered orientation flights, cadets are allotted up to 5 free orientation flights in a glider throughout their cadet career. Flying a glider is much different for a very obvious reason; they have no engine! Due to this, the gliders rely on a powered CAP aircraft to tow them into the air. Once they reach an appropriate altitude, they let go and utilize aerodynamic principles to remain airborne. One of these principles relates to a phenomenon called “thermals”. These thermals are patches of rising air that give a glider extra lift and allow them to climb higher even without an engine! Squadron 1007 is glad to have been able to support our cadets in this experience!
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