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Cadet Sergeant Archibald Milne (19), of Guthrie Park, Brechin, has been awarded a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship.

Educated at Brechin High School, Milne is a member of No.2365 (Brechin) Squadron of the Air Training Corps and will carry out his flying training at the Scottish Flying Club.

The Scholarships, the awards of which are announced by Headquarters Air Cades, R.A.F. White Waltham, Berks., go to outstanding members of the Air Training Corps or of the R.A.F. Sections of the Public and Grammar Schools Combined Cadet Forces, enables selected cadets to train for and obtain a private pilot’s licence at Government expense.

The Flying Scholarship scheme was started 13 years ago and well over 4,000 cadets have qualified for licences.

In order to be considered for scholarships cadets over 16-and-a-half years of age who have reached a certain standard of proficiency undergo aptitude tests and medical examinations at the R.A.F. Aircrew Selection Centre.

Those who pass are allotted to flying clubs as near as possible to their homes or schools must be prepared to complete the course of 30 hours’ flying within three months and spend at least two consecutive weeks at the club.