Local Air Cadets stay aboard historic Aircraft Carrier

Fiona Sutherland

By Fiona Sutherland


Mount Pleasant, SC- It was a long trip from Dorchester, Ontario to Charleston South Carolina for 19 cadets from the 201 Dorchester Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, but they loved every minute aboard the historic World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Charleston Harbor. Three nights aboard the ship left plenty of time to explore the ship and participate in two educational programs: a Virtual Reality Space Mission and Flight Academy. The Air Cadets learned how to interpret intelligence information, search for “enemies” using drones and relay the information to a Command Centre, being manned by fellow cadets. Those cadets in-turn were responsible for relaying the information to their respective co-pilots and pilots. A “real-life” simulation that was a highlight of the trip. Cadets slept and ate aboard the ship as sailors did decades ago while at sea. On land, they had a tour of The Citadel, North Charleston’s military academy.


The cadets have come home with new friendships and fond memories that will last a lifetime, afforded by this unique experience. PT (physical training) and final parade aboard an aircraft carrier: unbelievable!! The 201 Squadron is open to any youth ages 12-19 and we encourage anyone who is interested to come out and see what we have to offer. The program is free but the memories and experiences are priceless. We are grateful for the support of the Donnybrook Legion for their continued support of our Squadron. Our final parade will occur Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm in the Lord Dorchester Secondary School gymnasium. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please contact Captain Sharon Tambeau for any desired information at 519.268.2010.

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