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25
Apr

Meet the UK's youngest ever solo pilot - a schoolboy from Doncaster

High-flying Joe Sutherland is set to become the UK's youngest ever solo pilot - aged just 16!

It is believed the Doncaster lad will become the country's youngest ever pilot to fly solo - without an instructor on board - when he takes to the skies on his 16th birthday on December 6.

The Hungerhill School pupil has always had an interest in aviation and took his first lesson at the tender age of 12. And the ambitious youngster hopes to go on to become a fighter pilot for the RAF.

The Dunsville aviator said: "I remember my first lesson and it was such a strange feeling to know that you are in control of an aircraft but it was so exciting.

"It's the feeling of being so high up there where people do not normally go. It is so freeing.

"It will be pretty big if I can fly on my birthday and it's cool to be able to fly a plane before I can drive a car!"

Joe flies a two-seater, single-engined Cessna 150 aircraft out of Sandtoft Airfield just on the outskirts of Doncaster.

He has already done 15 hours worth of lessons and needs to complete a total of 45 to get his Private Pilots Licence.

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