Air Cadet Rhiannon Enjoys Flight Prize
Published: 19 Aug 2015
An Air Cadet from Devizes has enjoyed her first flight in a microlight aircraft after winning a prize draw at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
Cadet Cpl Rhiannon Owen, 18, who's a member of 2397 (Devizes) Sqn, attended the airshow at RAF Fairford as one of 800 cadets who help to prepare and run the annual three-day event.
She said: "It wasn't a bad way to spend a week! I met Air Cdre Dawn McCafferty, who's Commandant Air Cadets, saw one of the Vulcan's last flights, got signatures from the Red Arrows, sat in the display Typhoon and had a good time with our Recruitment Flight."
To cap it all, Rhiannon entered a prize draw run by Hampshire firm Airbourne Aviation, to win a flight in a microlight, and was delighted to find out she was the winner.
The teenager, who attended Devizes School, travelled to Popham Airfield near Micheldever for her flight, just a few days after winning it, and thoroughly enjoyed her one-hour private lesson with firm director Mac Smith.
Mac's son Greg, who's also involved with the company, said: "Rhiannon turned up with her dad, Michael, who's an ATC officer and I took him on a tour of the flying school while she enjoyed her flight with Mac. She came back with a big grin on her face, and really loved it."
Rhiannon, who's now going to study English and History at the University of Southampton, said: "It was my first flight in a microlight, and it was a great experience. We got to fly over Portsmouth, which was fantastic, and I took the controls for quite a lot of the time, which was great. I didn't expect to win but I'd thoroughly recommend entering prize draws now."
The prize draw raised £373 for the RAF Charitable Trust, the charity that benefits from the proceeds of the Air Tattoo.