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Top Air Cadet TakesTo To The Skies With The Royal Air Force

Article posted: Oct 15, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Top Air Cadet TakesTo To The Skies With The Royal Air Force

An award-winning Wellingborough air cadet has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to fly in an Alpha Jet with the Royal Air Force after being named as the best overall cadet for 2008.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Ben Gilbert, 18, was treated to an hour long flight in an Alpha Jet training aircraft at MOD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire.

The trip was arranged as a reward for the best cadet at Wellingborough squadron, courtesy of Wing Commander Glen Littlejohns who is the commanding officer of flying at MOD Boscombe Down.

During the flight Ben experienced the thrill of aerobatics and witnessed the advanced flying skills of RAF pilot Flight Lieutenant Duncan Forbes during the combat skills training.

After the flight, Ben said “The flight was amazing, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m already working towards a career as a pilot in the RAF and this has made me want to do it even more”.

Flight Sergeant Gilbert received the award following a successful year with the Air Training Corps squadron which is based in Spring Gardens, Wellingborough. He has completed a Junior Leaders Course with the Air Cadets, a gruelling course which is run over nine weekends and involves learning field craft and leadership techniques. On completion of the course he received a certificate from the Institute of Leadership and Management. He has also completed his gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award and achieved a BTEC in Public Services.

Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant James Roberts added “Ben is an exceptional young individual who is an excellent role model to the younger cadets. He has achieved a great deal during his cadet career and it will stand him in good stead for a future career in the Royal Air Force”.

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