Spalding high-fliers collect their solo wings

High fliers: Sgt Kevin Kirk, Cpl Georgia Davey and Cpl Steven Barnett have gained their solo Gliding Silver Pilot Wings.
High fliers: Sgt Kevin Kirk, Cpl Georgia Davey and Cpl Steven Barnett have gained their solo Gliding Silver Pilot Wings.
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FOUR high flying air cadets from Spalding have been awarded their solo Gliding Silver Pilot Wings.

Cpls Georgia Davey, Steven Barnett and Robert Birchall and Sgt Kevin Kirk have collected the accolade from the Air Training Corps (ATC) at 1406 Squadron, Spalding.

Cpl Davey (17), a student at Bourne Grammar School, went solo in a Vigilant motor glider following ten hours of training at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire.

She has now been awarded a place on the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme in Dundee later this year, which will be 25 hours of flight in a Cessna 125 light aircraft.

Spalding Grammar School pupil Cpl Birchall (16) flew solo in a Vigilant glider, and will now take a place on the Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme, a course which will allow him to train, plan and fly cross country navigation flight exercises with a pilot.

Sgt Kirk (16) successfully carried out his solo flight in a Vigilant motor glider. The George Farmer Technology and Language College pupil had little more than eight hours’ flight instruction at RAF Henlow.

Cpl Barnett (16) was already a competent glider pilot flying out of Peterborough and Spalding Gliding Club.

He went solo in a Puchacz aircraft at Peterborough to be awarded his ATC Silver Wings.

Civilian instructor Jon Hilton said: “It’s quite an achievement at 16 and 17 years of age.”

Anyone aged between 13 and 17 who is interested in joining the air cadets should call 01775 725185 between 7-9.30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Alternatively visit the ACF/ATC Centre at the Castle Sports Complex on Pinchbeck Road, Spalding.