Touching the Sky

Alan Cobham while in the Royal Air ForceAfter 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.