‘Fighter jet’ is star of the show

editorial image

Noah Wilcock’s American F-35 Lightning II fighter jet was star of the show at Bedfordshire Scouts’ kite festival on Dunstable Downs.

He was one of more than 80 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts taking part in this annual event organised by National Trust ranger Rose Roberts and Scout Leader Geoff Wright.

Noah aged nine, who is a Cub Scout with the 100-strong Ivinghoe and Pitstone Scout Group said: “I’ve always been interested in aircraft and the Lightning is one of the latest fighters for the United States Air Force. It’s a stealth fighter jet to be flown by the famous Dambusters 617 Squadron from RAF Marham in Norfolk. My mum and dad bought it as a birthday present and I realised it was just the thing for the kite festival.

“We had a 15-minute slot to fly our kites while they were being judged by a team of kite flying experts. They thought it was wonderful. My jet fighter behaved perfectly and I even got to fly it outside the arena all morning. It was great. We won a special award for the best group from outside Bedfordshire.”

“I’m also hoping to get my Air Activities Badge which includes, knowing about airfield safety, naming aircraft parts, recognising weather conditions and making a model aeroplane.”

Apart from Ivinghoe and Pitstone, the event attracted Scouts from as far afield as Cardington, Bedford and Flitwick as well as Luton and Houghton Regis.

Organiser and Scout Leader Geoff Wright said: “This was a glorious opportunity for the Scouts to compete and show their kite flying skills in an open air tournament ahead of a national event at the end of July. It is all thanks to Rose Roberts, National Trust Ranger at the Gateway Centre, who wanted to encourage youngsters to take part in this great sport.”