After a rigorous selection process, it was interview time for the Ralph Reid Buckle Flying Bursary. Sergeant Oliver Kirk (17) had been busy revising for weeks after finding out that he was to have an interview with the board. As well as feeling nervous, he had to revise topics such as the history of the bursary and how gliders stay in the air, alongside the having to learn every acronym on gliding there is to know!
Arriving bright and early at 1360 (Stapleford ad Sandiacre) Squadron, he was greeted by Wing Commander Giles, who explained what winning the bursary would mean. They began by asking the Sergeant Kirk about himself and then elaborating on why he thought he deserved the fantastic opportunity.
At the end of the interview, Oliver was given the opportunity to ask any questions to the board before they thanked him for his attendance and wished him well for the future.
The next day Sgt Kirk received an email which confirmed he had been successful with his application this year.
This summer he will learn to pilot a glider so that he can fly solo by the end of the course.
Sergeant Oliver Kirk said: “The bursary is a fantastic opportunity for cadets to experience gliding, and I’m extremely privileged to have won the award!”