No. 6 Air Experience Flight RAF

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6 Air Experience Flight
Grob G 115E EA-3.JPG
Grob Tutor aircraft similar to that flown by 6 AEF
Active 8 September 1958 – present
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Allegiance  Royal Air Force
Branch Air Cadet Organisation
Role Training
Garrison/HQ RAF Benson
Aircraft flown
Trainer Grob Tutor

No. 6 Air Experience Flight (6 AEF) is one of twelve Air Experience Flights run by the Air Cadet Organisation of the Royal Air Force. It was formed in the 1950s, along with the other AEFs, with the aim of teaching basic flying to members of the Air Training Corps, Combined Cadet Force (RAF Section) and occasionally, the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets and the Air Scouts. It has been based at RAF Benson since 1992. It is used primarily and is parented by the Oxford University Air Squadron.

History[edit]

Formed on 8 September 1958 at White Waltham Airfield, the squadron moved to RAF Abingdon in 1973 and then to RAF Benson in 1992. From 26 November 1995 it was parented by London University Air Squadron but when London UAS moved to RAF Wyton, 6 AEF remained at RAF Benson with parenting being taken over by Oxford University Air Squadron, both units being equipped with Grob Tutor T Mk 1s.[1]

June 2009 air collision incident[edit]

At approximately 2.30pm[2] on Sunday, 14 June 2009, an RAF Grob Tutor and a civilian Standard Cirrus glider collided above Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire.[3][4]

The two-seater Grob Tutor, took off from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and was part of No 6 AEF's fleet of planes.[5] Flight Lieutenant Michael Blee was a retired Wing Commander with 38 years' service in the RAF before becoming a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Officer at 6 Air Experience Flight in 2005, where he assumed the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He was killed in the crash along with CCF cadet Nicholas Rice. Nicholas Rice, who was 15 years old, was a student of the Elvian School in Reading, and was from Calcot, Reading, Berkshire.[4][6] RAF Benson has now been cleared to fly Air Experience Flights.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rafweb.org/RAFVR1.htm Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation : RAF Volunteer Reserve Units
  2. ^ "Two killed in RAF plane crash". uk.news.yahoo.com. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "RAF crew dead after mid-air crash". BBC. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Teenage plane crash victim named". BBC. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mid-air crash victim pilot is named". Metro. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Flight Lieutenant Mike Blee and Cadet Nicholas Langley-Rice killed in RAF aircraft crash". MOD.uk. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009.