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The Inaugural Young Aviators’ Dinner

Saturday 5th April saw the Air League Leading Edge and Young Air Pilots get together for the ‘Young Aviator’s Dinner’.  Organised by Leading Edge Panel Member Lucie Martin, the event was for all members of both organisations and had one simple aim: a good old get together to chat, meet up with old friends, make some new friends and talk about our shared passion – a love of aviation and all things flying. Held at the Royal Air Force Club, around 100 members were present for this unique occasion and after some great food and wine we were treated to an excellent talk by Sasha Nash who is currently a QFI on the Tucano based at RAF Linton on Ouse. Sasha talked us through some of the highlights of her career to date in the RAF and there were certainly some interesting stories which captivated the audience.

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Describing flying the Tornado in Afghanistan, Sasha talked us through operating the aircraft to assist troops on the ground, be that just a radio relay between ground elements to dropping precision weaponry on insurgents. Above all, she delivered some inspiring words and left the audience really inspired and motivated to pursue their aviation goals and ambitions. Next stop, and rounding off an excellent night, was the after party at Mahiki. There were certainly some sore heads in the Morning but it was certainly worthwhile. A huge thanks to Lucie Martin and all the Leading Edge Panel team – roll on next year’s event!

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