11:00am Friday 15th April 2011
PUPILS at Lady Hawkins’ School in Kington picked the brains of a British Airways pilot during a special Technology Aviation Week.
Students met retired Boeing 747 Captain Gordon Kean, who talked about his career as a commercial pilot and shared stories from around the world.
“I wanted the students to understand that with a good grade in maths anyone can become a pilot - I was born and raised in a small rural Scottish community, very similar to Kington and I went to a school much like Lady Hawkins,” he said.
A dozen or so youngsters also visited RAF Cosford during the event, as well as the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering and the Defence School of Photography.
A turn in the cockpit of a Jaguar GR3 fighter plane and in a Westland Sea King helicopter were particular highlights.
Gabriel ‘Goose’ Cotton, who earned the nickname from RAF staff, said: “It was a very interesting day and everything was massively fun, but surprisingly the food was really good too.”
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