A FORMER Worcester schoolboy is flying high at the top of the class as a newly-qualified Royal Air Force airman.

Douglas McAll, from Keren Drive, Norton, was one of 76 new airmen to graduate from basic training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire last month and was awarded the Mayor of Aylesbury Trophy for best overall performance in all aspects of training.

The 26-year-old, a former Blessed Edward Oldcorne RC High School, Worcester College of Technology and University of Worcester student, completed a nine-week intensive training course.

He will now move on to train at the Defence College of Aernautical Engineering at Cosford to begin his training as a physical training instructor.

Mr McAll said he had greatly enjoyed his training and was keen to start the next stage of his career.

“I was overjoyed to have won this award and I look forward now to starting the next stage of my professional career with the RAF.”

Squadron Leader Joe Duhan, commanding officer of the recruit training squad-ron, said Mr McAll had showed great strengths in all areas required to succeed in basic training and wished him well in hiws future career.

“Achieving success in basic training requires mental, physical and emotional strength as the course is far from easy and a great sense of achievement is felt by everyone, including the instructors who help them towards their objective of graduating,” he said.

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