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No. 8 Air Experience Flight
Grob G 115E EA-3.JPG
Grob Tutor aircraft flown by 8 AEF
Active 8 September 1958 - Present
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Allegiance  Royal Air Force
Branch Air Cadet Organisation
Role Training
Garrison/HQ DCAE Cosford
Officer Commanding Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Price
Ceremonial chief Flight Lieutenant David Fowler
Aircraft flown
Trainer Grob Tutor

8 Air Experience Flight (AEF) is an Air Experience Flight based at RAF Cosford

History[edit | edit source]

8 AEF was formed in October 1958 at Cosford, later moving to Shawbury in 1960. It then returned to Cosford in 1978, moved again to Shawbury in 1979 and finally back to Cosford, where it has remained since April 1996. From 1 April 1996 it has been parented by Birmingham University Air Squadron, and are equipped with 5 civil registered, Grob Tutor 115EA Mk 1s which are provided and maintained by Babcock, formally VT Aerospace.

Background[edit | edit source]

No. 8 Air Experience Flight (8 AEF) is one of twelve Air Experience Flights run by the Air Cadet Organisation of the Royal Air Force. It was formed in the 1950s, along with the other AEFs, with the aim of teaching basic flying to members of the Air Training Corps, Combined Cadet Force (RAF Section) and occasionally, the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets and the Air Scouts. It is based at DCAE Cosford and is used primarily and is parented by the University of Birmingham Air Squadron (UBAS).

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