Air cadet gets her wings and marches in Holland
THE summer holidays have been a very busy time for one Shepton teenager.
Flight Sergeant Katy Legg, 16, of 1182 Shepton Mallet Air Cadets completed her Gliding scholarship, receiving her Silver Wings as well as participated in The Nijmegen Marches in Holland.
Katy spent a week at 621 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, undergoing Royal Air Force flying training; learning everything she needed to know to fly a Grob 103 Viking T.Mk 1.
During the week they had ground lessons, and were then taught and practiced in the glider.
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At the end of the week, Katy was approved capable of flying solo, and flew a complete circuit, including the landing and take-off, on her own.
She said: "It was such an incredible week, I will always remember the feeling of realisation and pride when I got to the bottom and really took in what I had just achieved."
Shepton Mallet Air Cadets are very proud of Katy's achievement, and hope that more of their cadets will soon be getting their wings too.
On top of this, Katy, as part of a team from the Devon and Somerset wing, took part in this year's Nijmegen Marches.
The event, in Holland, consisted of walking 100 miles in four days and the group were required to wear their full greens uniform, in temperatures around 34 degrees.
Katy said they "would get up at around 2am, so we were ready to leave at 4am to try and get round most of the course before the midday heat. It felt like a very silly time to get up."
The marches attract thousands of participants, both civilian and uniformed forces, and people line the streets to cheer everyone on.
She added: "It was an incredible atmosphere and my team kept me going, especially in the last five miles; it's amazing how it keeps you walking when you are so exhausted."
Flight Sergeant ATC Nick Tolson said: "It is an excellent achievement for Katy, we are particularly pleased as she is the first cadet from Shepton Mallet to do the Nijmegen marches in a long time. We hope she has inspired more of our cadets to have a go next year, but for now, a very well done to Katy."