nine-year-old Kiah is in charge

RAF Leeming Station Commander, Group Captain Tony Innes (left), hands control over to Kiah. Right is Sergeant Al Waring, SNCO Discipline, who escorted Kiah around Station for the day.
RAF Leeming Station Commander, Group Captain Tony Innes (left), hands control over to Kiah. Right is Sergeant Al Waring, SNCO Discipline, who escorted Kiah around Station for the day.
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Squadrons were on standby for inspection at Royal Air Force Leeming when the Station Commander handed control over to ten-year-old Kiah Baxter.

The pupil from RAF Leeming County Primary School was treated to a very special day in charge as part of a competition prize.

Her entry to the competition to design a new front cover for The Leeming Link, came out top and will feature on the publication.

The Leeming Link is distributed to each family on the North Yorkshire Station every month, and is one of the best ways to find out what is happening within the community.

The Link had always been printed in black and white, but when the decision was made to give it a new look with a colour cover, school children were asked to put their thinking caps on.

Kiah’s entry was chosen for her use of colour and the amount of information she included.

As part of her prize, Kiah inspected and was shown around the Hawk jets of 100 Sqn, 34 Squadron RAF Regiment, and Air Traffic Control. She also had a slap-up lunch in the Officers’ Mess.

At the end of a very busy day she said: “It’s all been really fun.

“I was told about the planes at 100 Sqn and I controlled a plane at Air Traffic.

“I also told someone to get their hair cut!

“I will be telling all my friends about it later.”