Loganair passes on the Air Corps torch

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Loganair is carrying the torch for the Air Training Corp’s 75th anniversary by helping in the transport of a baton to the Western Isles.

The airline brought the specially created-baton between visiting points Shetland and Inverness and then onto the Stornoway last Wednesday afternoon, as part of the Air Training Corp’s 75th celebrations.

It visited the 1731 (Isle of Lewis) Squadron of the ATC in Stornoway, spending the rest of the evening in the Outer Hebrides.

Carried by a Saab 340 aircraft, the torch touched down in Inverness Airport at 1705 before travelling to Stornoway an hour later.

It landed in the Isle of Lewis at 6.55pm and was delivered by Wing Commander Christine Copsey of the OC highland Wing who is from Forres.

The ATC75 Torch relay started at John O’Groats on Tuesday (July, 12) and toured the Highlands of Scotland, visiting Hector Macdonald Memorial in Dingwall, Loch Ness, Spean Bridge and the Strathspey Steam Railway in Aviemore.

On Friday it passed through Nairn Beach, RAF Lossiemouth, Johnstons of Elgin and Glenfiddich Distillery.

The baton reached many major landmarks in the central-belt including The Kelpies and Holyrood Palace before jetting across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland with Flybe.

Established in 1941

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps which was established by Royal Warrant on February, 5 1941

Its aim was to give part-time air training to teenagers and young men who might later join the Royal Air Force and during World War II its numbers grew to more than 400,000 cadets.

Today the organisation has over 34,000 male and female cadets in 940 Squadrons across the UK.

In addition to flying activities, the ATC offers young people opportunities in leadership, citizenship, adventure training, nationally recognised academic qualifications and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Squadron Leader Andy Dobson said: “We’d like to extend our thanks for Loganair for playing a part in this incredible journey.

“It has taken years of planning to coordinate each stage of the tour and it’s great to be finally underway.

“The ATC is an organisation with such a fantastic history and we hope to share some of this with people along the way.”