Part adventure, part cultural, part historical
Air Cadets from around the world visit P.E.I. as part of two-week Maritime tour
A group of more than 70 air cadets and officers from around the world had the opportunity to tour Prince Edward Island recently.
And one of the stops was Summerside at Vector Aerospace.
The visitors, who are part of the annual Air Cadet International Air Exchange, are touring the Maritimes for more than two weeks.
Luke Ford, an 18-year-old cadet from the U.K., expressed his excitement at being part of the exchange, which is considered an honour for older cadets to be able to participate in.
It’s been a great experience, he said, adding that so far he’s struck by how vast Canada is geographically.
“It’s been pretty amazing to see how big Canada is compared to the U.K. You can get pretty much anywhere in the U.K. in four or five hours, pretty easily. Over here it’s massive. It can take you four or five hours to get across a province, let alone the whole country,” said Ford.
He signed up for the exchange because he’s always wanted to travel, he said, and he’s happy to be able to cross Canada, or part of it anyway, off his list of top destinations.
Alan Curtis, one of the local hosts, helping to shepherd the group from one P.E.I attraction to another, added that it’s an all-around experience for the young people involved.
“I think it gives them an understanding of different cultures, and certainly we show them a little bit of not just how we live but how we work in the aerospace industry,” he said.
“It’s part adventure, part cultural and part historical. I think it makes them appreciate what the world has out there.”
Air cadets Aaron Gibson, left, and Luke Ford, are two of more than 70 air cadets and officers from several countries participating in the Air Cadet International Air Exchange, which was in Summerside recently.