Jonathon get his wings

Jonathon Richardson receives his 'wings' from Lincs Gliding Club  instructor Derek Woodforth and chief flying instructor, Dick Skerry after completing his first solo flight
Jonathon Richardson receives his 'wings' from Lincs Gliding Club instructor Derek Woodforth and chief flying instructor, Dick Skerry after completing his first solo flight
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A student has spent the summer holiday learning to fly a glider before he returns to university.

Jonathon Richardson visited the Lincolnshire Gliding Club at Strubby, near Alford on July 1 when he enjoyed his first trial flight in a glider.

He enjoyed it so much that he decided to join the club and set himself the very ambitious target of flying a glider solo before returning to Hull University at to continue his degree in languages.

This presented a real challenge to both Jonathon and the club’s instructors. Flying at every opportunity however he completed his first solo flight on August 11 after only six weeks, a very impressive achievement.

Jonathon, from Mablethorpe, said: “It has been a fantastic few weeks. The club is very friendly and it is a very inexpensive way to learn to fly. I’m now gaining further experience in the club’s single seat glider and ultimately hope to progress to cross country flights’.