Young air cadets are flying high after being chosen as the best squadron in the region.
The 861 (Wideopen) Squadron has been chosen from 34 other squadrons as the Durham/Northumberland Wing representative in the Sir Alan Lees Trophy, which finds the best squadron in the country.
This is a real milestone for 861 Squadron and the cadets and staff have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage of the competitionSquadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant James Elliott
They underwent a formal inspection by Group Captain Steve Harpum RAFR, who saw cadets undergoing flight simulation training, casualty simulation exercises, radio controlled models and a presentation.
He said: “861 Squadron has come such a long way in the past five years and it was a pleasure to be able to inspect such a thriving, vibrant Air Cadet Squadron.”
Afterwards, they were told they were the North’s representative, meaning it is one of the top six squadrons in the country.
In June they will receive a visit from the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR, who will identify the national winner.
Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant James Elliott, said: “This is a real milestone for 861 Squadron and the cadets and staff have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage of the competition.”