State NCC cadets soar in sky for the first time

State NCC cadets soar in sky for the first time
NCC cadets with Wg. Cdr. Ganesh Sawant at Dimapur Airport.
DIMAPUR, APR 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/26/2019 11:54:44 AM IST

It was a golden moment in the history of Nagaland as well as National Cadet Corps (NCC) when the first batch of five cadets flew a sortie each in Virus SW-80 aircraft of NCC here on Friday. 

LV Thotnganing became the first Sr. Division cadet to fly a sortie in Virus SW-80 aircraft, while Senchumbeni became the first girl cadet of NCC Nagaland to fly a sortie with Commanding Officer Wing Cdr. Ganesh Sawant of No. 1 Nagaland Air Squadron, NCC Dimapur. 

It had been a long wait of almost one-and-half years for the NCC cadets of Nagaland. Though the two Virus SW-80 aircrafts that are of Slovenian origin had arrived at Dimapur airport in August 2017, flying by the cadets could not commence due to non-availability of a taxi link from the aircraft hangar to runway at Dimapur airport. After completion of the taxi link in the first week of April, test flights of both the aircrafts were carried out. And once the aircraft were declared flight-worthy, April 26 was chosen as the D-day for the historic mission. 

The cadets were given an air experience sortie wherein they also handled the aircraft control for the first time. All the cadets were thrilled to fly over Dimapur and get a bird’s eye view. 

NCC officials said it was a proud moment for all the five cadets to be part of the first batch to fly this aircraft. It was one of the most memorable days of their lives and all of them are looking forward to get airborne once again. Now that the ball has been set rolling, more NCC cadets will be able to soar in the sky.


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