Wyvern College student becomes one of the youngest ever to glide solo

Zoe Mallam flies with the Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre

Zoe Mallam flies with the Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre

First published in News Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE schoolgirl has become one of the youngest people in the country to fly solo in a glider.

Zoe Mallam, a Wyvern College pupil, flies with the Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre, and on her 14th birthday last month took a 40 minute solo flight with tricky conditions over Daedalus airfield.

She first became interested in flying in 2012, and now flies every weekend, crediting her great-grandfather for inspiring her interest.

He designed the fuselage for the Spitfire and now Zoe’s ambition is to race competitively in a high performance glider, known as a Sailplane.

She is training for a bronze badge and cross-country flying.

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