WILL ON THE FLIGHT PATH TO SOARAWAY SUCCESS

By FG OFF BEN WILKINSON
Wing Media and Communications Officer
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The impressive gliding achievements of a cadet from 332 (High Wycombe) Squadron, in a civilian capacity, are to be recognised with a report on national television.

Cadet Sergeant Will Hilton will appear on BBC Breakfast on Saturday 4th September, after the programme’s sports presenter, Mike Bushell, visited Booker Gliding Club last week. The journalist tried his hand at Aerobatic Gliding and met Will and his instructor, seeing for himself a demonstration aerobatic sequence flown by Will.

Mike Bushell has a feature on BBC Breakfast each week where he tries out a new sporting activity that is not the usual run-of-the-mill. His aim is to show young people what other sporting and outdoor activities are available to take part in other than what is perceived to be “the mainstream”.

Cadet Sergeant Hilton celebrated his 16th birthday on 11 April this year and also made his first solo glider flight on that date. He went on to win an Aerobatic Gliding Competition in May this year, just one month after his first solo, and also went on to win a LOOP Magazine Beginners Day Powered Aerobatic Competition in June, flying a powerful Pitts S2a. As he doesn’t yet have his private pilot’s licence, he has to fly all his powered aerobatics with his instructor Alan Cassidy in the back seat.

He has also this summer been featured in LOOP Magazine as a rising star of the future in the world of glider and powered aerobatics.

Cadet Sergeant Hilton also has significant gliding achievements within the ATC. Since going solo on 11 April this year, he has managed to complete his gliding Bronze and Silver C Badges, and has clocked-up over 35 solo hours.

332 (High Wycombe) Squadron Adjutant, Civilian Instructor Brigid Hilton, who is Cadet Flight Sergeant Hilton’s mother, said: “I am exceptionally proud of Will’s flying achievements! Now he is also keeping a weather-eye open for suitable windows between now and starting college on 10th September in order to get a 300km Cross-Country flight under his belt.”

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PICTURE CAPTION: Cadet Flight Sergeant Hilton pictured with the Pitts S2a aircraft he piloted in a recent competition