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Cadet meets Formula 1 Team Principal

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As part of its activities cadets from 1213 (Andover) Sqn undertake non-service aircraft flying with a squadron officer who is a PPL(A). Such was the case on 28 July when Cdt Oliver Harper was the passenger on a flight from Popham Airfield to Oxford Kidlington Airport. However, once at Oxford Kidlington, and by pure luck, Cdt Harper got more than he was expecting when he met Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Formula One Racing.

Mr Horner was about to leave in a business jet for the Hungarian Grand Prix but his flight was delayed by bad weather in the Budapest area. In contrast Cdt Harper’s inbound flight to Oxford had earlier been delayed by poor visibility. A very brief conversation ensued in the airport lounge before everyone left for their respective aircraft which were parked next to each other. The two aircraft then taxied out in sequence with Cdt Harper having an even more active interest in fast cars.