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Carol Vorderman passes her pilot's licence test

Carol Vorderman is one step closer to realising her dream of flying solo around the world after passing her pilot's licence test.

Loose Woman Carol Vorderman pictured after passing her private pilot's licence test. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Loose Women presenter celebrated by hugging her boyfriend Graham Duff, a former Red Arrows pilot, after being told she had passed her test at Gloucestershire Airport, near Cheltenham.

Carol Vorderman smiles after taking her test but before knowing the outcome. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

"I'm a pilot. I did it," Vorderman screamed as she found out the news.

Carol Vorderman at the Staverton Flying School at Gloucester Airport. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The maths whizz will collect her private pilot's licence (PPL) next week and then she can officially fly with passengers.

Carol Vorderman hails stories of bravery and courage

Carol Vorderman has hailed the Pride of Britain Awards for its stories of bravery and courage after a "celebratory" night at the 15th annual awards last night.

Vorderman, who presents the show, admitted some of the inspiring stories left her close to tears.

The former Countdown presenter revealed that eight-year-old Harley Lane, who had both of his arms and legs amputated as a result of meningtistis, rejected a kiss from X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger at the awards last night.

The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards is on ITV tonight at 8pm

Vorderman in first televised solo plane flight

Carol Vorderman pictured with the light aircraft she flew today. Credit: ITV

TV host Carol Vorderman piloted a plane solo for the first time today - and achieved a broadcasting first.

The Loose Women star is training for her pilot's licence with a view to flying around the world single-handed to follow the intended flightpath of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

She notched up her first solo flight after taking off from Gloucestershire Airport, near Staverton, witnessed by viewers of ITV's This Morning. It was said to be the first time a solo debut had been broadcast live on TV.

Viewers heard her scream with excitement as she landed successfully.

Her trip, during which she climbed to 1,000 feet, was monitored by a helicopter which was shadowing her overhead and filming her progress.


Vorderman aims to make debut solo flight live on ITV

Presenter Carol Vorderman at RAF Fairford in July. Credit: PA Wire

Presenter Carol Vorderman is aiming for a TV first by making her debut solo flight during a live broadcast on This Morning.

The Loose Women host has been training to pilot a light aircraft and hopes to make a round-the-world flight in the near future.

Vorderman, 52, will be seen taking to the skies during today's edition of the ITV show - thought to be the first time a trainee flyer has done their first solo trip on live television.

She will take off from Gloucestershire Airport, near Staverton, for a five-minute flight during which she will climb to 1,000 feet, and will speak to show hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. She admitted she was both nervous and excited.