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Air Cadet Reaching for the Sky

2017-04-25 13:35:54
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A nineteen year old former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Pupil has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to become a pilot. Josh Brooke joined his local Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets in Penrith when he was only fifteen years old after being given a flying lesson at Carlisle Airport. ”With that one flight I was hooked. Some of my friends were cadets and they told me about the opportunities to fly in the organisation” Josh said.

Each year the Air Cadets award around 120 standard flying scholarships to keen aviation minded youngsters which gives them around twelve hours of free flight instruction at their base at Dundee’s Tayside Airport. This is around one quarter of the time needed to obtain a Private Pilots Licence. However, nine students who have shown exceptional talent and aptitude are awarded the ‘Sir Michael Knight Pilot Scholarship’ which provides the extra training to gain a full licence.

“My dream is to become a pilot in the Royal Air Force. It’s a difficult one to achieve, with much competition, but this scholarship helps to open the door for me” said Josh. “I’ve been taught so much in my time in the cadets, not only about flying but in other areas such as leadership, team work, adventure training and first aid, they have even taught me how to teach and best part is that it’s great fun”

As well as his fascination with aviation Josh is an accomplished musician as a cornet player in both the Air Cadets and with Penrith Town Band. He hopes to begin his scholarship in summer 2017.

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets are a youth organisation open to girls and boys ages 12 (school year 8) and 16 sponsored by the RAF. It is open to people from all backgrounds. We are also looking for volunteer staff aged 20 and above from any background to help. For details contact us at or find us on Facebook

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