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Lockheed Martin Supports Flying Excellence

Published: 08 Aug 2016


The RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT) received a generous donation of £7,000 from Lockheed Martin during the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo. 

The cheque was presented to RAFCT Chairman Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson by the aerospace giant's Chief Executive Officer Marillyn Hewson. 

The money will enable the Trust to offer flying hours to the young recipient of its Flying Excellence trophy thereby helping to further develop their piloting skills.

Awarded annually by the Trust, the trophy is given to an Air Cadet whom the Air Cadet Organisation considers to have shown exceptional flying ability and personal qualities. 

Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson said: "The trophy is a prestigious award but, until now, didn't come with anything tangible. Thanks to Lockheed Martin the trophy winner will now be able to continue their journey towards first solo standard. It's a great prize that really means something."

The presentation took place in the Techno Zone. Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and supported by the Trust and, the critically-acclaimed attraction aims to inspire young people with a range of interactive and engaging activities focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. 

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