Arbroath glider squadron to disband after 60 years

A glider in action.
A glider in action.

Angus Air Cadets will soon no longer be able to take advantage of the glider squadron on their doorstep as part of an MoD reorganisation.

662 Volunteer Glider Squadron, based at RM Condor, is one of the many glider squadrons affected by the announcement of the Air Cadet Aviation Relaunch made yesterday (Thursday) by The Rt Hon. the Earl Howe, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence.

The nearest dedicated glider squadron will now be at RAF Kirknewton, outside Edinburgh.

On the Facebook page for 662 VGS the following statement was posted: “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that after 61 years of history, 662 VGS is to be disbanded along with several other VGS’ across the UK. Gliding in Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue solely at an expanded 661 VGS, at RAF Kirknewton, which will provide overnight accommodation to cadets.

“Thank you to all who have shared in our history and flown at 662 along the way.”

According to the MoD a major contributing factor to this move to consolidate glider squadrons into regional centres appears to have been an airworthiness issue identified with the Grob Viking and Grob Vigilant craft and the associated costs of addressing this.