Kate sits in a light aircraft at RAF Wittering that cadets use each year for air experienceCredit:Joe Giddens/PA The Duchess, Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets, enters the aircraftCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Cadet Sergeant Jordan Bertolaso, a qualified aerospace instructor, talked the Duchess though the controls of the Grob tutor, a light aircraft which cadets use each year for air experience.Wearing a burgundy blazer, by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and a black ensemble of polo neck jumper, jeans and boots, the Duchess seemed to acknowledge February 14 as the most romantic day of the year by wearing a pair of heart-shaped earrings. Credit:Joe Giddens/PA The Duchess of Cambridge has shown off her flying skills during a visit to an RAF base where she sat in a plane similar to the one her husband flew while training.Sat at the controls of a flight simulator, Kate revealed she has what it takes to become a military pilot and was dubbed “a natural” by her instructor.The Duchess had come to meet air cadets taking part in a half-term skills development camp at RAF Wittering, near Peterborough, in her role as royal patron and Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets.With William an experienced flyer, both with the RAF and now as an air ambulance helicopter pilot, it should be no surprise the Duchess had the right touch to become a pilot.At first she appeared a little apprehensive when she sat in front of the flight simulator’s three screens and put her feet on some pedals and took hold of the joystick.But under the guidance of Flight Lieutenant Michael Salter, she was soon tuned into the delicate movements needed to pilot the mock motor glider.Flt Lt Salter said: “She was extremely good – she was a natural. She was very gentle on the controls, very often people are too rough. If you feel it, it’s extremely sensitive.”She said she hasn’t flown before and wanted to understand what the feeling was like in the air.” Kate took up her role with the RAF Air Cadets in December 2015, taking on the post from the Duke of Edinburgh who had been involved with the organisation for more than 60 years.The Duchess now represents 42,000 air cadets aged from 12 to 19, and 15,000 adult volunteers at more than 1,200 units across the UK and abroad. The RAF Air Cadets comprises both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF).Group Captain Richard Pratley, RAF Wittering Station Commander, said: “It has been an honour to welcome Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge to RAF Wittering to see some of the facilities we offer to cadets to help inspire the next generation.” Earlier, Kate sat in a light aircraft similar to the type used by her husband when he learnt to fly with the RAF.In 2008, the Duke of Cambridge was pictured in a training plane at RAF Cranwell, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire.The Duchess was given privileged access to the tutor aircraft in which generations of RAF Air Cadets have had their first experience of flying. The Duchess of Cambridge participates in a personal development training session with cadets at RAF Wittering Credit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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