Sir William Robertson Academy Year 9 pupil, Harry Parsons, who only turned 14 on April 16, went solo two days after his birthday at the Royal Air Force Cranwell Gliding Club.
Flying an ASK 21 glider, Harry, who lives in Cranwell, flew a perfect launch to 1,600 feet and completed a well-planned circuit, finally using the aircraft’s airbrakes to precisely land and stop from where he took off. As gliders have no engines you have to get it right first time, every time.
Prior to this, Harry had to learn an enormous amount about flying an aeroplane such as pre-flight take off checks, how to get out and use a parachute in an emergency, and using all the controls and instruments, stalling and spinning the aircraft, together with its recovery from unusual altitudes. He also had to learn how to read the weather signs and use thermals to stay airbourne in preparation for future cross country flights. On a good day glider pilots from Cranwell will complete flights of hundreds of miles.
Mr Statham, Harry’s head of house, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and the school is very proud of Harry.”