A NEWLY-qualified Royal Air Force officer from Chinley is flying high after graduating from a prestigious military college.
Jenni Mackay, 24, graduated as a Flying Officer from No 22 Initial Officer Training (IOT) Course at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit at RAF Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
Jenni joined 71 fellow cadets outside the historic College Hall to parade in front of Air Marshal Andrew Pulford, Air Member for Personnel and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Personnel.
There were fly-pasts by Tornado aircraft from XV (R) Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth.
Jenni attended Stockport Grammar School before graduating from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Mathematics. She joined the RAF in July last year and will now begin her professional studies with the Operations Support Branch.
After the parade she said: “IOT has been unquestionably the most challenging yet rewarding eight months of my life.
“From cleaning toilets at 5 am and patrolling in snowstorms in the middle of the night to hosting senior officers at formal dinners, the course has never been dull!
“I look forward to a well-deserved week off before the continuation of my specialist training at the end of the month.”
While a student Jenni spent two years on Manchester and Salford Universities Air Squadron where she learnt how to fly and took part in adventurous training expeditions and visits to Cyprus and Washington DC. A keen sportswoman, she enjoys skiing.