633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS), formerly Volunteer Gliding School,
has been based at RAF Cosford since its formation in 1948. During this time
it has had six Commanding Officers and seen four different types of aircraft
The squadron currently has four Grob 109B Vigilant T.Mk.1
motor-gliders that are used to train cadets from the Air Training Corps (ATC)
and Combined Cadet Force (CCF). They are also used for staff training.
The squadron undertakes Gliding Induction Courses (GIC), Gliding
Scholarships (GS) and Advanced Glider Training (AGT) for Air Cadets.
A select few of these cadets continue on to train as G2, G1 or even B2 Category
instructors.The Squadron undertakes GIC and GS training for ATC and CCF cadets.
The Gliding Scholarships are usually carried out over the weekends but we also
have residential week-long courses which take place three times a year. Normally, CCF
cadets from all over the UK attend these courses and many fly solo, or fly a
'ghost solo' (with an instructor present in the aircraft who only observes), towards
the end of the week.