A NEWLY-qualified RAF officer is flying high after graduating from a prestigious military college.
Paul Elliott, 33, from Blackpool, completed a challenging course which tested his military skills, leadership skills, air power studies, self awareness, and adventure training.
He has now graduated as a Flight Lieutenant from No 15 Special Entrant and Re-Entrant (SERE) Course at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit at RAF Cranwell, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
Paul, who will serve as a physiotherapist, joined 88 other cadets outside the historic College Hall to parade after their achievements.
Music on the day was provided by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment and there were flypasts by Tornado aircraft from 617 Sqn RAF Lossiemouth.
Paul, who still lives in Blackpool with his wife Fiona, graduated from the University of Teesside with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.
After working as a gym instructor he decided to join the RAF.
A keen sportsman, he enjoys playing cricket and taking part in triathlons.
The course was spread over a 32-week period, comprising three training terms each of 10 weeks separated by a week’s leave.