A TALENTED air cadet has been awarded a flying scholarship.

James Hooton will benefit from 12 hours' flying time, which will help in his quest to one day join the RAF.

Each year, cadets collect for the Wings Appeal, organised by the RAF Association (RAFA).

As a thank you, squadrons across the country are invited to nominate outstanding cadets for scholarships, which help them gain the necessary hours in the air to qualify for solo flying.

James, a member of the 2394 East Cleveland squadron, was selected.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Redcar, attends the Prior Pursglove College, in Guisborough.

James, who wants to study aeronautical engineering at university, said: "Flying is the only thing I have ever wanted to do, so getting these 12 hours is a big milestone towards what I hope to achieve in the future."

He was one of 58 cadets to apply for the scholarship and John McDermott, development director for the RAFA, said: "They were a very talented group of young people, who should be very proud of their achievements."