At the age of just 13, RAF Air Cadet Phillip Langham has already achieved some remarkable feats. In 2016, Phillip was selected from 7,500 entrants to be part of the BBC show, Dengineers – in which expert engineers and designers helped him construct a very special aviation themed den in his garden. Phillip’s love of World War II planes inspired the den, which is modelled to look like a WWII Nissen Hut from the outside with a cylindrical roof. Inside, the den feels like a Spitfire from a special cockpit, however inside the hut you can also see the fuselage “ribs” imitating the inside of a Lancaster bomber.
His keen passion for historic aircraft has also seen Phillip spend the day as an apprentice at the Aircraft Restoration Company in Duxford working on Spitfires, and even flying in a Chipmunk.Since then, Phillip has undertaken flying lessons, logging time in a Cessna 152. He spent another day with the Aircraft Restoration Company, which included working on the Lancaster, and in 2017 he became a junior member of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
On top of all of this, Phillip joined his local RAF Air Cadet squadron, 2427 (Biggin Hill) Squadron, in Kent Wing, to help pursue his interest in aviation. As part of the RAF100 celebrations, Phillip was asked to be part of a special series of RAF100 films talking about the past, present and future of the RAF. These films will be published online as part of the RAF Centenary.