Sixteen Keighley air cadets are on cloud nine after completing their first-class training.

The youngsters, from the 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, underwent several months of intensive tuition.

A graduation parade, attended by family and friends, was held at the corps’ Drill Hall base.

“The training is the first step on a new cadet’s journey and teaches them the basics about the RAF, the ATC and drill,” said a squadron spokesman.

“They also learn about map reading, expedition training, radio communications and the history of flight.

“It is a big achievement to pass, and the pay-off is great. These cadets now have access to flying, gliding, camps, courses, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, shooting, trips and adventure, fieldcraft and first aid training, plus lots more.”

During the graduation event, all 16 cadets were presented with their first-class badges and 12 were enrolled.

The ATC caters for young people aged 13 to 20, and the Keighley squadron meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings.