RAF pilots return to Bolton School to teach kids about flying

Caitlin Hurt, aged seven, from Bolton School meets pilot and old boy John Dunning

Huzayfa Ismail, aged seven, with pilot and old boy Paul Hutton

Youngsters from Bolton School met pilots and old boys John Dunning and Paul Hutton

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

HIGH-flying old boys landed at their former school to encourage current pupils to aim for the sky.

RAF pilot Paul Hutton and ex-RAF pilot John Dunning met Bolton School’s year two class when they were invited to speak about their experience as pilots.

Now a commercial aircraft pilot, Mr Dunning said: “I’ve never had a bad day. Every day is brilliant. It’s a great job, because you get to fly every day.”

The youngsters had a chance to try on the RAF kit and hear about the meaning of their crown and eagle badges.

Pupils asked about ejector seats, the emergency evacuation of a commercial aircraft, and also the more serious aspects of being part of the RAF, such as being a soldier and protecting people, and the dangers of being a pilot.

At the end of the session, the children were taught how to properly perform an RAF salute as a sign of respect to a superior officer.

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