September 8th 2017

Air Cadet flies to Australia for international exchange

A Derbyshire teenager enjoyed his first trip out of the country when he took part in an international cadet exchange ‘down under’.

Cadet Warrant Officer Morgan Pether, aged 18, of 1082 (Brimington and District) Squadron Air Training Corps was one of 35 cadets from 11 different countries from across the world who participated in the International Air Cadet Exchange’s trip to Australia.

Over 17 days in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney the cadets visited Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bases, Boeing Defence Australia, the Australian Parliament and war memorials as well as enjoying more touristy events such as surfing on Bondi Beach and visiting the Sydney Opera House.

It would be a once in a lifetime trip for anyone but for Morgan, having never been out of the UK before, it was particularly special.

Morgan Pether in Australia

Morgan Pether in Australia

He said: “This is something I’ve always wanted to do since I joined the Air Cadets, but I didn’t think I would be able to get a chance like this. I’m incredibly lucky to have received this opportunity.

“The things I most enjoyed were going to Canberra and to take part in the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) memorial service which is held every week was a real honour.

“We also had dinner with the RAAF Chief of Air Force Air Marshall Leo Davies who was a really nice guy.

“We flew on a RAAF KC-30 aircraft between Brisbane and Sydney which was exciting. I’ve done gliding through the cadets before but the exchange has provided my first experiences of being on a plane.”

Morgan, who returned last month (August), now also has friends from as far afield as Canada, New Zealand and South Korea as a result of the exchange.

He explained: “Everyone got on really well. Even though we were from different parts of the world we all shared a passion for aviation and we bonded over that.

“It was quite emotional saying goodbye to everyone at the end of the trip but we will stay in touch.”

The Chesterfield College student has just started a two-year HND in engineering and hopes to join the RAF full time when he completes the course.

Morgan still has another year of being an Air Cadet having joined his local Brimington squadron aged 12 on the recommendation of an older brother. The trip to Australia was the icing on the cake in terms of his Air Cadet experiences.

He concluded: “Being involved with the Air Cadets has been the best six years of my life so far.”

“Being involved with the Air Cadets has been the best six years of my life so far.”