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    Air Cadet Gets His Wings

    Fifth Former Jordan Payne becomes the first UK cadet to fly solo in a glider since the Ministry of Defence “paused” gliding in April 2014.

    Kimbolton School Pupil Completes Silver Gliding Scholarship and Flies SoloCadet Lance Corporal Jordan Payne has become the first UK cadet to fly solo in a glider and gain his Silver Wings since the Ministry of Defence “paused” gliding in April 2014, due to airworthiness concerns.

    The Fifth Former accepted the offer of a Gliding Scholarship and qualified for his Silver Wings after a week’s intensive training during the Easter holidays at the Central Gliding School, RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire. He completed the equivalent of 32 dual launches before going solo in a Viking glider.

    Gliding Instructor Flt Lt Andrew Sweetmore said: “Jordan worked extremely hard and was a delight to teach. Despite missing a full day’s gliding due to illness, he pulled out all the stops and I managed to send him on his first solo flight. He has been polite and helpful with all the staff at CGS and is an absolute credit to Kimbolton School.”

    Gliding is just one opportunity for our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) RAF cadets to develop their flying skills, in addition to Air Experience Flights in the Grob Tutor aircraft at RAF Wittering, passenger flying in various military aircraft, and two-week Flying Scholarships that also lead to a chance to fly solo (which will no doubt be next on Jordan's list!).

    More about our Combined Cadet Force.