Testing time as air cadets pass with flying colours

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TWO borough teenagers are flying high after completing a leadership course with the Royal Air Force.

Air cadets Zack Wylie and Andrew Corbett, both of 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron have gained an international qualification after successfully completing the tough Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF College Cranwell.

The 16-year-old pair – the first from the squadron to try for the qualification – completed the course which aims to demonstrate leadership potential and develop good citizenship skills.

The physically demanding course sees each youngster learn leadership theory before putting into practice in various field settings, also being assessed in the navigational field as well as command tasks, presentations, interview and a 48-hour exercise.

Zack, of Longbenton, said: “The days were long and strenuous and we had very little sleep.

“The instructions were really strict but I knew they were there to help me learn and I feel much more confident now and looking forward to putting my new skills into practice and develop them further at the squadron, at college and also when I find work.”

Andrew, of Killingworth, added: “It was an amazing course and one the best things I’ve done.

“I was worried about my fitness but completed the test on the first day fine.

“I got the opportunity to be course leader for the day and gained so much from this even though it was hard going.”

Squadron leader Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said “The challenge of teamwork and leadership is the ultimate test for a cadet.

“I’m exceptionally proud of Zack and Andrew’s achievement; they worked hard and thoroughly deserve their leadership badge and qualification.”

For more information on the squadron visit www.2344.org.uk