Air cadets in Berkhamsted had a surprise when the elder brother of one of them dropped in for a parade night in his Sea King MK4 helicopter.
Royal Navy lieutenants Aaron Cross and Adam Dean, who were the pilots, and crew member Stuart Perie landed in the grounds of Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted, for the special day.
The 845 Naval Air Squadron trio, who had come all the way from their RNAS Yeovilton base in Somerset, were visiting 15-year-old Jude Cross, Aaron’s younger brother.
They also came to see his fellow cadets from 1113 (Berkhamsted) Squadron and its staff members.
Football teams on nearby pitches stopped playing to watch the landing on Monday, followed by tours of the aircraft and photographs for the 40-strong squadron audience.
A visibly proud Cadet Jude Cross said afterwards: “I’m very proud to have a brother in the Royal Navy and it was cool that he visited the squadron.”
Flight lieutenant Elaine Porter, the officer commanding the 1113 (Berkhamsted) Squadron, said: “It was a fantastic visit from the Royal Navy.
“Watching the Sea King arrive over the school was awesome and the cadets took every advantage of the fantastic opportunity to see the helicopter up close.
“All of the cadets and staff thoroughly enjoyed the visit and I am very grateful to Lt Cross and his fellow crew for making it happen.”
The 1113 (Berkhamsted) Squadron is recruiting new cadets aged between 13 and 17.
Anyone interested should contact the squadron on 07979 996382 or click here to visit its website