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H M the Queen looks up to Romsey Air Cadet!

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Alex Prinsep, an Air Cadet with 1391 (Romsey) Squadron, took part in one of the high points of the Queen’s 87th birthday celebrations - the flypast down the Mall and over Buckingham Palace at precisely 1pm on 15th June.

Alex was allocated a place on the Voyager aircraft of 10 Squadron RAF. This is both the newest aircraft in the RAF fleet, and the largest.

On Saturday, he reported to RAF Brize Norton at 8 o’clock, and like a civilian flight, found he had to wait around until gone 10 o’clock. The aircraft then took off, but of course it was far too early for the Flypast, and he flew out over the North Sea, which was the rendezvous point for all the various flypast aircraft. Alex said “in some ways this was the most interesting part, because I had over an hour of watching (and photographing) all the aircraft milling about just outside my window”.

During the flight he was able to spend some time with the pilots in the cockpit whilst they were awaiting the ‘go’ for the formation to head inland. On the run in he had some really good views at fairly low level of places such as the Olympic Park and the City of London.

Unfortunately, because they were directly overhead, what he couldn’t see were the crowds in the Mall and Buckingham Palace itself, although we can be certain that the Queen looked up and saw him – or at least his aircraft.

Although he’s only just turned 16, Alex has been involved in aviation for the last 6 years. He started in year six at Cupernham Junior School, where he joined the Flight Club, with the high point of his training there being a flight in the co-pilots seat of a Piper PA28 aircraft at Thruxton Airfield.

When he was 13 he joined the Romsey Air Cadets, and continued on with his flight training on the cadets’ fleet of Tutor Aircraft based at RAF Boscombe Down.

OC 1391 (Romsey) Squadron, Flt Lt ‘Bertie’ Green, said “It was a once in a lifetime chance and Cadet Prinsep really deserved this flight. He has really worked hard as a cadet, and has put in a lot of effort representing the Squadron at various athletic events, right up to ATC national level competitions. We’re all proud of him!”