Weymouth pupils enjoy a flying visit from a Royal Naval Lynx helicopter

IN THE HOT SEAT:  Lt. Lee Holborn shows Thomas Bradshaw the controls

IN THE HOT SEAT: Lt. Lee Holborn shows Thomas Bradshaw the controls

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PUPILS from Weymouth schools were treated to a flying visit from a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter.

The aircraft dropped into Wyke Regis Infant and Junior Schools.

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Technical issues delayed the helicopter leaving RNAS Yeovilton, but the Lynx and its crew were eventually able to land on the school field.

Pupils were given tours of the helicopter and learnt about what it is like to fly an aircraft, posing questions to the crew.

James Colebrooke, 11, a year six pupil at Wyke Regis Junior School, said: “I’m excited just for the landing because it’s something that won’t happen all the time.

“I asked how long it takes to train because there must be a lot they have to do for it. I think it’s interesting to be in the air and I’ve seen it on TV programmes so I think I want to go into it in the future.”

Fellow year six pupil Phoebe, 11, said: “I’m very excited. My dad is in the Navy and I flew in one of the helicopters before so it’s nice to see one again.”

Carl Saunders, headteacher of the Wyke Regis Primary Federation, said: “Two parents who work in the RNAS at Yeovilton proposed the visit.

“It’s a wonderful experience, not something you get to do every day of the week.

“It’s a great opportunity for the children to see what it’s like close up as well as giving them a wider view of what the real world is like.”

Chief engineer CPO Mark Bradbury said: “We had tasks in the area and thought it would be a good chance to visit.

“It’s been a fun opportunity to get the children out of the classroom and to educate them by letting them see what people do for jobs.

“The pupils were all very interested and asked all kinds of questions from how the helicopter flies to what jobs we do.”

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