Touching the Sky
After beginning his flying training at RAF Manston, Alan Cobham's instructor selected him to be the first of his course to make a solo flight.
'I went solo with the greatest of ease on 1 June 1918. I was in the air by myself: I was a pilot. I had actually made it!’
Considered a natural pilot, Cobham became a Flying Instructor when commissioned in the Royal Air Force.
At the end of the First World War, Cobham left the RAF but knew that aviation would be his life.