A team of wounded service personnel have successfully flown around the UK, becoming the first disabled pilots to navigate the British coastline in a fleet of microlights.
Above the knee double amputee Capt Luke Sinnott led the unique challenge, “Round Britain Flight”, demonstrating how flying creates a sense of freedom for those with physical disabilities and can inspire other injured or wounded servicemen and women to learn to fly.
The microlights departed from Cotswold Airport at 1500hrs on the 7th June and completed the 2,000 mile route in 9 days. The trip was not without drama, with two of the five microlights having to be left behind in the first two days due to technical difficulties.
The remaining microlights each carried two people and the pilots rotated seats, making over 20 stops and overflying some of the UK’s most remote landscape, including an overflight of Ben Nevis.
Each of the Round Britain pilots has overcome a life changing disability, caused by injury or sickness, to join the Flying for Freedom pilot programme funded through sponsorship and public donations.
Lt Col (Retd) James Harris, Co-Founder and Trustee for Flying for Freedom, said: “Flying for Freedom gives people a new focus after a life changing trauma or injury. Flying is very immersive and gives individuals used to being active, a challenging outlet which is not restricted by their disability.”
The “Round Britain Flight” has highlighted the importance of sustainable post-rehabilitation activities, which can only continue with further funding and support from the public.
Donations can be made in several ways. A contribution of £3 can be made by texting ‘Wings’ to 70900 via a mobile phone. Alternatively, donations can be made by visiting the website: wwwflyingforfreedom.org,