Sky’s the limit for air cadet Matthew

Sky’s the limit for air cadet Matthew

A MIRFIELD cadet has been nominated for a prestigious Air Training Corps honour.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Matthew Thornton, 19, of 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, was selected as the north region’s nomination for the Dacre Sword competition.

The nomination reflects a wide-ranging and successful career as a cadet.

Since joining in 2009, Matthew has reached ‘instructor cadet status, completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, trained to fly gliders and powered aircraft solo, gained a number of first aid qualifications, attained BTEC awards in both aviation studies and public services and completed the air cadet leadership course.

Matthew, of Farrar Avenue, Mirfield, has also been a staff cadet at the north region air operations acquaintance centre and is now an instructor in their programme, teaching air combat operations in a synthetic flying environment.

He has used his skills in radio communications and flight simulator training to become the lead in these activities at the squadron.

The Dacre Sword is presented annually to the male ATC cadet of the year. Cadets are nominated by each of the six regions in the Corps.

To mark his achievement, Matthew will enjoy a flight in an RAF Tucano training aircraft and a trip to Sweden later in the year.

The 868 (Mirfield) Squadron meets at the Air Cadet Centre on Huddersfield Road, near the Stocks Bank Road junction, on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

For more information, contact Flt Lt Peter Doubell on 01924 498896.

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