Part ad­ven­ture, part cul­tural, part his­tor­i­cal

Air Cadets from around the world visit P.E.I. as part of two-week Mar­itime tour

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN Colin.Ma­cLean@Jour­nal­Pi­oneer.com @Jour­nalPMacLean

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.”

COLIN MA­CLEAN/JOUR­NAL PIONEER

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.

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