FIVE cadets from a Test Valley squadron are celebrating after they were awarded their Master Air Cadet classification amid lockdown.

Sergeants Cameron Seabrook and Noah Whalvin and Corporals David Bradbury, Emma Scott-Groves and Thomas Tennett from the 1391 (Romsey) Squadron achieved their BTEC level 2 in Aviation Studies at the same time.

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The cadets started working through the Master Air Cadet syllabus in October, but were interrupted in March when the squadron was forced to close its doors due to coronavirus.

By this point they had only completed the first third of the training looking at airframe design and construction.

However, the squadron continued to operate online throughout lockdown, offering training to all its cadets.

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The five then competed a six-week course and assessment during April and May learning about piston engines.

From May to June the training moved onto studying rocketry before they moved onto their final assessments.

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A spokesperson from the 1391 Squadron said: "The quintet are now undergoing training that will allow them to start to support the training of more junior cadets and will receive their certificates in due course.

"The Air Cadets in Romsey hope to open their doors again in the coming months and are currently compiling a list of those wishing to join its ranks.

"Young people from the start of year 8 are welcome."

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They added the squadron have "remained open" by working online.

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