The Tedworth House team had a welcome surprise today when our charity partners at Wings for Warriors dropped in for a ‘flying’ visit.
Landing the two-seater Robinson R22 chopper was Band of Brothers member Pte Chris Kirk who has been training to become a commercial helicopter pilot with the charity thanks to our successful partnership.
In 2011, Chris was just four days from the end of his first tour of Afghanistan, when he trod on an Improvised Explosive Device.
At the beginning of his career Chris had hoped to become an Army Helicopter Pilot but having grown up near Glasgow he joined 5 Scots, an infantry brigade,. As he began to recover Chris decided to research becoming a pilot once again:
“I was looking on Google and I just put in, ‘Can amputees fly helicopters? Wings For Warriors came up and I thought it looked too good to be true. But I got in touch and here I am.”
Inspired by his time spent serving in Afghanistan getting his colleagues out of danger – Chris is now hoping to become an air ambulance helicopter pilot.
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