QEGS Old Blackburnian and ex-Head Boy Scott Sunderland revisited the school in style, landing his Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter at East Lancashire Cricket Club in very windy conditions.
Scott, who was awarded his ‘Wings’ last year, landed the helicopter in front of very excitable Primary Phase and Year 8 pupils. Scott delivered a presentation to Year 12 and 13 students on his journey to joining the Royal Navy and qualifying as a pilot. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions, and Scott later admitted to finding some of them really tough!
Meanwhile, pupils throughout the Primary Phase and Senior School were shown around the helicopter in small groups by the Royal Navy pilots, and again were given the opportunity to ask questions.
At the end of the brief afternoon visit, Sixth Form students and Primary Phase pupils were privileged to watch the helicopter depart. They were heading off to the Lake District for some flying time.
Everybody involved had a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting afternoon. Thank you to Scott, his colleagues, and the Royal Navy for providing such an insightful and fascinating experience.