NEWS

MAY 17TH 2017

Lottie takes to the skies and screens

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Lottie Owens

If learning to fly while scared of heights wasn’t nerve-wracking enough for Air Cadet Lottie Owens, she became a TV star at the same time.

The 16-year-old member of 141 (Boston) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC) recently hit the TV screens as her journey to her first flight was recorded for the CBBC programme ‘My Life’.

It broadcast recently and received a great reception right across the country.

Lottie said: “When they first asked the whole unit if there would be anyone interested in being filmed I just thought ‘no way’ but somehow I ended up doing it.

“They interviewed everyone anyway and I think they liked me as I ended up singing an Ed Sheeran song to them in the interview.”

The fact Lottie is scared of heights may have been another reason she was chosen to have her journey into the skies filmed for the half hour programme.

She says herself in the show ‘I’m scared to look out my bedroom window because it’s too high up’.

All aspects of the pair’s training was shown, from becoming familiar with the cockpit, to using a simulator and on to the actual flying themselves.

Filming started last August and the crew followed her progress over an eight week period before culminating in Lottie finally taking the controls herself thousands of feet in the air.

Lottie continued: “I had no idea what to expect having the cameras there so I did feel a bit more nervous as there was that added pressure to get everything right knowing everyone was going to be watching.

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Lottie Owens

“Flying was really scary as I don’t like heights at all and I was kind of just trying not to look scared on the camera. That didn’t work though.

“I am still terrified of heights. I’m unsure if it’s something I will ever do again like that because it was that terrifying for me.

“It was a great experience and I’m definitely happy I did it as I don’t want to do it again.”

Learning to fly is another way of showing how Air Cadets has helped Lottie with her development.

She said: “I joined the Air Cadets in February 2015 as my best friend Cadet Sergeant Beth Hendry had joined the unit a few months earlier and had been asking me for a while.

“One night she pretty much dragged me there and I just ended up really enjoying it.”

Being an Air Cadet provides all kinds of opportunities but when Lottie joined she would never have imagined it would lead to her becoming a mini TV star watched by tens of thousands.

“My parents had a party and when it was first broadcast a number of people came round to watch it.

“It was just really strange seeing myself on a TV programme. I’ve watched it about five times now and I don’t know if I could watch it again.

“My friends at school have definitely teased me nicely about it but I think they were really quite proud of me.

“I’m now sitting my GCSEs and moving forward with the Air Cadets. We have the Wing Field Day coming up and it’s all about preparation for that.”

“I had no idea what to expect having the cameras there so I did feel a bit more nervous as there was that added pressure to get everything right knowing everyone was going to be watching."