Former Sheffield telecoms worker Alex Wall has made a big career change – and is now helping control military aircraft in the skies above Britain.
The 25-year-old has just completed training as a Flight Operations Assistant at the Central Air Traffic Control School at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire.
Alex, a former pupil of King Ecgbert’s School, Dore, worked for BT before joining the RAF. He started the course to work as an air traffic controller last year.
Alex and other airmen had to study a wealth of theory, including meteorology, flight planning, navigation, aircraft operations and communications.
He then spent weeks putting his knowledge into practice, using simulators to recreate normal conditions looking after aircraft movements.
Alex, who has graduated with the rank of Leading Aircraftman, was presented with his certificate for completing the course by Squadron Leader Steve Parker, senior air traffic controller at RAF Shawbury.
He will now be posted to RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, the home of Typhoon fighter jets and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.