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August 21st 2015

Army Cadet takes part in Air Race experience

An Army Cadet from Derbyshire took to the skies last weekend (15 August) when he joined a professional air team to perform at Royal Ascot.

Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Ryan Young, aged 18, from Swadlincote Detachment, joined the Red Bull Air Team to take part in an Air Race experience, embracing the rare opportunity to be a passenger during such a special flight.

Cadet RSM Ryan YoungIn his spare time, Ryan fly’s a Cirrus Aircraft and is one of the youngest pilots to operate this model in the UK.

Colonel Chris Young, Commandant of Derbyshire ACF and Ryan’s dad, said: “Ryan was nominated to fly with the Red Bull Air Team after a UK representative for Cirrus, the aircraft he usually fly’s, put his name forward based on his enthusiasm and interest in aviation. Both the nomination and the taking part were extremely proud moments for us as a family.”

Speaking about the event, Ryan Young said: “The Air Race involves flying through a sort of obstacle course in the sky including cones to navigate and upside down loops. We flew in an Extra 300 Aircraft at speeds of around 260 mph.

“We navigated our way through a variety of challenges; it was a great experience and something I will both probably never forget or could have imagined.”

Ryan started flying when he was 12-years-old. He continued: “I really started to take flying seriously when I was 14, as I realised it is such a brilliant feeling to go from ground level to a few thousand feet in a matter of minutes.

“In November this year I will start to do my Air Transport Pilots Licence which in time will allow me to fly an Air Bus A380 for a commercial airline.

“I did my first solo flight when I was 16 and received my private pilot’s licence on my 17th birthday, which was an overwhelming feeling. This means I can legally take passengers or myself in to the air, there is no feeling like it.”

Derbyshire ACF is recruiting both Cadets and adult volunteers. To learn more visit armycadets.com or call 01332 772025.

"We navigated our way through a variety of challenges; it was a great experience and something I will both probably never forget or could have imagined."