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Top Air Cadet Collects Flying Trophy

Published: 10 Nov 2015   updated: 24 Nov 2015

An Air Cadet from Lowestoft, who was presented with a silver trophy at a prestigious RAF concert in London, described winning as one of the best experiences in his life.

Cadet Warrant Officer Thomas Willis, 19, from Carlton Colville near Lowestoft in Suffolk received the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust's Flying Excellence Trophy during a performance of the RAF in Concert at the Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.

The trophy, which is awarded to the Air Cadet who, in the eyes of Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, has excelled during the past year, was presented by Squadron Leader Dunc Mason who was, until last month, Officer Commanding the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Thomas, who is a member of 759 (Beccles) Squadron, said: "I'm still shocked. I really enjoyed the concert and it was a great honour to meet Sqn Ldr Mason. It's been one of the best experiences of my life."

His plans are now to apply to join the Royal Air Force and learn to be a fast jet pilot.

Caption 1: Thomas with his Trophy

Caption 2: Thomas with Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason

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