Three lucky RAF Air Cadets have joined Aircrew from around the world and made their own bit of history. The three proud cadets became the first to fly in to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

Cadet Sergeant Adam Durrell, aged 17, achieved his Private Pilots’ License (PPL) earlier this year. Watched by his proud mother Jackie Durrell, a Civilian Instructor with 398 (Staines & Egham) Squadron, Adam piloted the aircraft solo from Four Oaks. Two lucky cadets were able to accompany him on the trip and had the experience of a lifetime. The cadets even touched down amongst the world famous USAF Thunderbirds!

RIAT cadet pilot

Cadet Sergeant Adam Durrell flew himself to the Royal International Air Tattoo

A smooth landing

When speaking about the trip Adam said “it was perhaps the smoothest landing we’ve ever done. I am absolutely delighted to have had this opportunity”.  The RAF Air Cadets hold their largest Camp at RIAT, at RAF Fairford between 14 and 16 July 2017.  The cadets are vital in assisting the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust with the smooth running of the show.

Detachment Commander, Wing Commander Darran Williams noted that this is “the first time we have ever had a cadet fly into the Air Show in an aircraft they have qualified on! I am absolutely thrilled that Adam got the flying bug during his time in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and went on to achieve his PPL. This truly demonstrates the ethos of the RAF Charitable Trust as Adam has promoted, supported and encouraged his peers to follow their flying aspirations.”