17 Jun '16, 9am

Merlin pilot Lt Grainger is singled out as a role model for women all over the world

I’m truly humbled to have been not only nominated for a Rising Star award but to win it as well, I’m over the moon that so many people voted for me. Lieutenant Natalie Grainger RN Originally from Guernsey, Natalie joined the Navy in February 2008, following in the footsteps of both her parents. It took nearly four years to complete pilot training, earning her wings at the end of 2011 flying Sea Kings for the Commando Helicopter Force, the wings of the Royal Marines. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan supporting British and Allied troops on the ground, Natalie returned to the UK to learn to fly the more modern and powerful Merlins which have now replaced the veteran Sea Kings. Since then, she’s led the commando assault – the crowd-pleasing finale flypast at Yeovilton’s air day, leading a formation of 15 aircraft in front of 40,000 spectators with fires and explosions ragin...

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