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Cadet’s RAF bid

A SHIRLEY air cadet - who learned to fly before he could drive - is eyeing up a career with the RAF.

A SHIRLEY air cadet - who learned to fly before he could drive - is eyeing up a career with the RAF.

Chris Courtney has been a member of the 489 (Acocks Green and Olton) Squadron for the past seven-years.

He started his flying training when he was just 16-years-old and has since spent 85 hours in the skies.

Turning 20 this week, Chris’ time as a cadet has come to a close - but he’ll still be involved with 489 Squadron, in Scott Road.

Proud mum Serena said: “Chris spent the maximum seven-years with the squadron and reached the highest rank of Cadet Warrant Officer.

“I was very proud when he achieved his flying qualifications. He’s going to continue with training and ultimately he wants to join the RAF.”

Having passed through the air cadets with flying colours, Chris has now become a member of staff and will help to train the new recruits.

There are currently 40,000 air cadets, based all around the country.

It’s a starting point for many youngsters who’d like to join the air force.

For more information, visit the website at www.raf.mod.uk.

 

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