A YOUNG woman from Solihull is keeping her feet on the ground despite picking up a top award while training with the RAF.
Vikki Thorpe recently graduated from the prestigious RAF College Cranwell. Not only did the 21-year-old achieve a distinction, but she also won the King's College London Trophy.
The award was presented to Vikki during her graduation ceremony and recognised her success in the academic portion of the course.
During her 18 months at the college Vikki was put through a gruelling programme of activities - some physical and plenty more based in the lecture hall.
A member of the the local Air Training Corps during her teenage years, Vikki knew that one day she would be heading for training at the Lincolnshire college.
"I signed up when I was 16-years-old, so it's been a bit of a wait to get to this stage. I went away to do my three year-degree knowing that I would join up when I finished."
Now the RAF Officer has begun the next stage of her training at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.
"In my job I'll be looking after British airspace which is very important since 9-11. I could be airborne but that's not what my crew will be doing.
"We basically monitor the pilots and make sure they're okay - it's a bit like air traffic control really. It suits me and I think I'll leave all the flying to the racer boys I trained with - they're a bit more aggressive."