Cowsham wrote: ↑27 Oct 2021, 11:01am
Used to go over to southport every year for the woodvale international rally -- A fantastic event -- Ran by volunteers for over 50 years till some jobs worth decided asbestos roofs of old Nissan huts buried below ground somewhere on the 300 acre ww2 airfield would give us a disease if we walked over it.
I ride past there occasionally and still see the basic trainers the RAF use nowadays, taking off and landing. Air experience flights and gliding apparently. It quite took me back to my Air Cadet days, reading about that in the Wiki link below. DH Chipmunk air- experience flights at The Cambridge University Air Squadron at Marshals Airfied and Glider Training in what I remember as being called Kirby Mk 111's, though was probably one of these linked below, at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire, happy days. Sorry, I went a bit like the ' Fast Show's 'Jumpers for goal posts' nostalgia bloke there !
Open with a Tandem cockpit anyway, I did my three required solo flights to get the first license, and decided gliding was not for me (terrifiying !); and I was too thick for powered training ! I think you had to be a bright 'A' level student with officer potential, for the RAF to spend the money required for that. Some cadets got their Wings tho' I think, but not many, I only remember one or perhaps two in our Squadron.
I see from this Wikipedia article, that Woodvale had an operational connection with the Fleet Air Arm Airfield at HMS Ringtail during The Second World War, at Burscough.This is rapidly disappearing under housing and masses of new industrial units even as I write, a massive site. They still use some of the remaining hard standings for car boot sales in the Winter and a lot of the old hangers and dispersal buildings are still there being used for various things it's still boggles the mind, the vast size of the war effort then.