WITH Prince William taking to the skies last week on his first solo flight with the Royal Air Force, Hunts Post reporter ANDREW McGILL visited RAF Wyton to find out what it takes to handle a light aircraft...apart from a strong stomach. THIRTY seconds into our flight, the small aircraft I am in is thrown violently to the side by a sudden gust of wind and I wonder what I have let myself in for. Thankfully, my experienced pilot, Flight-Lieutenant John 'Floozy' Flewster quickly has the plane back under his control before the next gust hits us. We are flying in a Grob 115E light aircraft, identical to that flown by HRH Prince William at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire just hours previously. The small plane feels somewhat claustrophobic with its wingspan of little more than 30ft. It can carry 33 gallons of fuel which can propel the plane more than 700 miles. By contrast, 33 gallons of fuel will barely allow a jumbo jet to taxi to the runway it intends to take off from. We are flying in formation with another aircraft and the identical effects of wind turbulence can be felt on both planes almost simultaneously. However, worries about the wind fade away when, half way through the 45-minute flight, we embark upon a series of exercises, including hard breaks to either side and loop-the-loops. Flt-Lt Flewster yanks the joystick backwards and we climb higher and higher before I find myself upside down above the skies of Huntingdonshire. It is a surreal experience. The G-force while completing the manoeuvre is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. It feels like my face is full of iron filings and the aircraft floor is a large, powerful magnet. Adrenaline surges through me as we complete the loop but it is not long before my stomach begins to suggest that being upside-down is not something it agrees with.