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RAF officers are given their wings
Flight Lieutenant Hunkin, Flt Lt Surtees, Flt Lt Gemmell. Front, from left, Flt Lt McEwen*, Fg Off Mather*, Flt Lt Chalkley*, Wg Cdr Dale, AVM Bagwell, Gp Cpt Cooper, Sqn Ldr Gardiner, Flt Lt Branson*, Flt Lt Deen* * Graduating students
THE latest class of fast jet pilots has graduated from a North Yorkshire airbase.
Nine graduating officers were awarded their Wings at a ceremony at RAF Linton-On-Ouse by Air Vice Marshall Greg Bagwell, the Director of Joint Warfare with the Air Force.
Group Captain Dave Cooper, station commander, 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 AVM Bagwell 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 are all high calibre officers, and their families may feel justifiably proud of their achievement. This is the first graduation for over a year, and marks a return to a steady flow of student pilots after the drawdown caused by the Strategic Defence & Security Review.”
The new pilots will continue their training before advancing to RAF bases around the world, with some learning to operate the RAF’s unmanned aerial vehicle, Reaper, and others going on to the Lightning II.