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In formation with Flying For Freedom

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Every year there are some fantastic stories coming from various charities helping British soldiers, sailors, airmen and women raise money, conquer great physical feats, support their wounded comrades and commemorated those no longer with us.

Forces Reunited have worked with a number of charities over the years covering all of this, however we’ve never worked with one quite like Flying For Freedom. This amazing organisation takes wounded personnel from our Armed Forces and teaches them how to fly microlights!

Their success has come thanks to the hard, dedicated work of all involved and the support of organisations like Airbus, the Royal Foundation and the Armed Services themselves. They have challenged stereotypes about ability and shown why you cannot underestimate a veteran of the British Armed Forces. Their post-recovery flying activities demonstrate what is possible for often severely disabled people to achieve. Inspiring those still in rehabilitation and assisting recovery for our wounded, injured and sick, by supporting them through Microlight flying training.

A Flying For Freedom Microlight

Flying For Freedom have flown around the UK a number of times now, but their ultimate goal is far more ambitious; flying to the South Pole. Not even an able-bodied pilot has made this journey in a conventional aircraft, let alone a disabled veteran in a microlight.

Forces Reunited have pledged to support this effort, backing a pilot’s training from aircraft newbie to microlight ace and to help publicise the efforts and lengths Flying For Freedom go to help our wounded servicemen and women.

Keep an eye out for more updates about our work with Flying For Freedom in the future. If you would like to learn more about the team John Laity and Lt. Colonel (retd.) James Harris go to the Flying For Freedom website.

For a chance to win a flight with the Flying For Freedom crew, check out our sister site Forces War Records who are running a competition with Who Do You Think You Are. Answer one simple question about Flying For Freedom (hint: the answer to which can be found on their website) and you could be on a training flight with them!

You can view the question and submit your answer on the Who Do you Think You Are Live competitions page, but make sure your entry is in before midnight on 25th March 2016!

Best of luck!