Bedlington air cadet flying high after award win

Esm�e Wembley with Commandant air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty.
Esm�e Wembley with Commandant air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty.

A Bedlington air cadet has been named one of the top in the country.

Esmée Wembley, of 2522 (Bedlington) Squadron, has been named as the top female cadet in the North Region of the Air Training Corps.

After achieving the highest rank of Cadet Warrant Officer, Esmée was nominated for the award for her long list of achievements, including a Silver DofE Award, earning her private pilots’ licence and completing a silver gliding scholarship.

Esmée is also a Heart Start instructor and can deliver training on CPR.

And she has completed the National Navigation Scheme Award and the National Indoor Climbing Award.

After being selected as top in her region, Esmée travelled to RAF College Cranwell where the top male, female and Combined Cadet Force (RAF) cadets took part in ‘Dragons’ Den’ style questioning in a hope to impress the judges and be named the top in their category.

Despite not winning the ATC75 sword, Esmée is still one of the top six female air cadets in the UK, beating off 31,000 other cadets from across the country.

Esmée, 19, said: “Being seen as a role model for the RAF Air Cadets gives me a great sense of pride.”

Esmée hopes to apply for the Royal Air Force, with an aspiration of becoming a transport or rotary pilot, in which her passion for humanitarian work can be fulfilled.

She currently works for Northumbria Helicopters, which is based at Newcastle Airport.