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Red Arrows ace pilot makes flying visit to present cadet awards

Article posted: Dec 22, 2014 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Air Cadets from 378 (Mannock) Air Training Corps based in Wellingborough had a high-flying visitor to their awards evening earlier this week in the form of Squadron Leader Mike Ling of the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic display team. Mike, known on his team by his call-sign ‘Red Ten’, is not only an experienced fast-jet pilot but also a former Air Cadet and was delighted to have the opportunity to leave his cockpit long enough to present some awards to the Squadron’s cadets.
The awards evening is an annual event designed to mark the many achievements of its cadets. This year’s event was no exception with trophies and certificates being awarded to many of the young people in front of the Squadron’s guests, assembled dignitaries, as well as their family and friends.
Of all the awards presented on the night, some of the most notable included the Marksmanship Trophy which was picked up by sharp-shooting Sergeant Madeleine Morgan(16), the Academic Achievement Trophy which was scooped by Sergeant Leah Catterall(17), whilst all-rounder Cadet Sean Lyddall(14) took home the silverware for Sportsperson of the Year, the Adventure Training Trophy and the coveted title of Cadet of the Year 2014.
Flight Lieutenant William Kellock, the Squadron’s Commanding Officer, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the many achievements and awards the unit’s cadets have amassed over the year, and we’re looking forward to a bright and successful 2015.”
Presumably taking time between flying sorties, Squadron Leader Ling passed on his best wishes the next day by tweeting: “An honour to present the awards and talk to cadets from 378 (Mannock) Sqn Air Training Corps last night. Keep it up!”
378 (Mannock) Squadron is part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and is based at Spring Gardens in Wellingborough. The Squadron is currently recruiting new cadets from school year eight up to age 17 as well as volunteer adult staff.