NEWLY trained Royal Air Force and Royal Navy fast-jet pilots have graduated from a North Yorkshire airbase.

Nine graduating officers were awarded their wings - the pilot’s flying badge - at RAF Linton-on-Ouse this week, by Air Commodore Ian Vallely, in front of their families. Group Captain David Cooper, Station Commander at the base, said: “As one of the world’s oldest military flying training schools we take great pride in the quality of our training, which is reflected in the achievements of these young men.

“ I was delighted to welcome Air Commodore Vallely to RAF Linton-on-Ouse to present wings to our graduating pilots.”

Wing Commander Baz Dale, Officer Commanding 72 (Reserve) Squadron, said: “These young men from the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have worked very hard to earn the right to wear their wings, and their families should be justifiably proud. I am grateful to my team of Qualified Flying Instructors, and the broad range of station military, civil servant and contractor support who have helped to provide an outstanding training environment and make this success possible.”