St Andrews schoolboy has his head in the clouds

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A St Andrews schoolboy had his head in the clouds thanks to an amazing birthday treat.

For his 14th birthday, Harry Campbell - who attends St Leonards - received a flying lesson, giving him the opportunity to experience taking the controls of an aircraft, get an amazing bird’s eye view of St Andrews and also enjoy an unexpected thrill that left him literally head over heels!

Harry, who has been described by his father, Cory, as being “plane crazy” since joining the RAF cadets six months ago, was in his element as he set off from Dundee, passing over RAF Leuchars on his way up to 1000m in the small Cessna.

The youngster was able to get a whole new perspective on his school after flying over the grounds of St Leonards a number of times but the real highlight for Harry came as his instructor flew the aircraft back towards Dundee airport.

“Not long after we left St Andrews we were flying over Broughty Ferry and the pilot asked me if I wanted to go upside down – I said yes!” said Harry, who is plainly not a nervous flier!

“It was fun, not as scary as I thought it would be. It was kind of like standing on your head in a way.

“It was a complete surprise and a real thrill.”

Harry, who made the news last year by visiting the highly-restricted Russian space training camp Star City and then receiving a message from astronauts onboard the International Space Station, clearly has a liking for taking to the skies and he hopes to be able to take more lessons with the RAF Cadets.

Harry said of his flight, which was organised by his aunt: “I really enjoyed it a lot.

“It was the best birthday present I’ve ever had.”

Highlights of Harry’s flight can be seen at http://youtu.be/hNYZ10EHNpQ