Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) have officially received the newest glider for its training programs.
The presentation took place at the Avalon Airshow on Friday, when Darren Chester, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, and Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown presented the new ASK-21 Mi self-launching glider.
The AAFC, a youth development program supported by Air Force, was in the process of receiving 22 new gliders – 11 ASK-21 Mi self-launching gliders and 11 DG 1001 Club soaring gliders.
Commander AAFC, Group Captain (AAFC) Greg Williamson said seven ASK-21 Mi self-launching gliders were currently spread across AAFC units in Stonefield South Australia, Bathurst NSW and Warwick Queensland.
Four more were due to be handed over to units in Point Cook in Victoria and Charters Towers Queensland by the middle of 2015.
Meanwhile, eight DG 1001 Club gliders were already at AAFC units in Bathurst, Warwick, Stonefield and Narrogin Western Australia.
Air Marshal Brown said in a statement on Friday the new gliders would provide more opportunities for cadets to undertake flying activities.