6 flying enthusiasts are heading to Kenya for a world record first attempt
The team of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and veterans are flying light Para-trike aircraft 1000km across the Great Rift Valley!
The Flying for Heroes team departs Heathrow Airport today for Kenya, Africa, to attempt a world record first flying Para-trikes 1000km from Mount Kilimanjaro to Mount Kenya.
The six servicemen and veterans have all become wounded, injured or sick while in service and have recently undergone a rigorous training and education programme to prepare them for this incredible feat, thanks to Flying for Heroes and funding from Help for Heroes. The team will cross the Great Rift Valley, as well as other challenging landscapes including deserts, lakes, savannah, jungle, rivers and mountains.
Rory Mackenzie, Team Leader of the expedition and a former combat medic injured in Iraq, said: “After the intense training period, I’m so excited we’re finally on our way to Kenya to start this, what is sure to be an amazing adventure."
“It’s been great seeing the whole team overcoming a range of injuries and illnesses to take to the skies. Not only will the expedition be incredibly challenging, we’ll also get to see some stunning sights in Africa as we fly up the Great Rift Valley – this really is a once in a lifetime trip. We’re so grateful to Flying for Heroes and Help for Heroes for this opportunity – I know first-hand how effective these experiences can be to an individual’s recovery and I'm sure the guys will get a lot of benefit from pushing their perceived limits.”
Flying for Heroes is a not for profit enterprise providing pilot training scholarships for wounded services personnel and veterans, in association with Help for Heroes. Founded by adventurer, pilot and entrepreneur Neil Laughton and SkySchool Managing Director and flying instructor Alex Ledger, Flying for Heroes aims to help create pathways for members of the team and other wounded personnel to gain employment in the aviation industry, by showing the capabilities, positive attitude and determination shown by all those that have served our country, become wounded, injured or sick and are now looking for new opportunities.
Expeditions such as Flying for Heroes are also hugely beneficial as part of the recovery process, and support the work Help for Heroes does in helping those who have been wounded, injured or sick in service.