Injured personnel in bid for world-first microlight flight to the South Pole

mlA group of injured British soldiers hope to become the first people to fly to the South Pole in microlight aircraft.
A team of 12, including seven military personnel who have sustained serious injuries, will set out from the edge of Antarctica’s ice and aim to fly the 2,000 miles to the South Pole.

The expedition, which has never been attempted by an able-bodied person, will take place in 2014 after the team have completed their pilot’s training and undertaken cold weather training.

The polar aero trek will involve a round trip flight of over 3,000 miles, flying at cruising altitudes of up to 10,000 feet in temperatures as low as -30°C.

The expedition will also attempt to achieve 3 world-firsts: the first flexible-wing flight in Antarctica, first over the South Pole, and first over Mount Vinson, which, at 16,050 feet, is the highest peak on the Antarctic continent.

The expedition is part of a wider programme being undertaken by Flying for Freedom to establish a number of ‘flying’ recovery centres around the UK for injured and disabled servicemen and women.

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