Air cadets in Whitley Bay are taking to the skies to learn the skills that could shape their future careers – without even leaving the ground.
A total of 44 cadets at Flight Squadron 1156 are practicing their manoeuvres in a new state-of-the-art flight simulator at their base, following a charity donation by P&G (Procter & Gamble).
Cadet William Styles’s dad, Sean Styles, works at P&G’s manufacturing facility at Seaton Delaval and nominated the Air Training Corps for a contribution from P&G’s Community Matters Fund.
Tracey Wales, co-ordinator of the community matters team at Seaton Delaval, said: “It’s really satisfying for us at P&G to see our community fund being put to such good use.
“If we can help the air cadets gain the confidence and skills they need to take to the sky – we know our fundraising does make a difference.”
Flight Lieutenant Steve Kirtley added: “There is no way that, without donations like the four figure sum from P&G, these cadets would have the chance to use such a fantastic piece of equipment.
“These cadets will face the same challenges that pilots face, apart from they can make mistakes and learn from it.”