An RAF sergeant has become the first amputee to solo pilot a Spitfire since the Second World War, all thanks to a training programme backed by Prince Harry.
After losing his leg in a motorcycle accident, Alan Robinson is part of a two-year scholarship that’s inspired from Battle of Britain pilot Douglas Bader, who, despite losing both his legs in a crash in 1931, claimed 20 individual aerial victories in the Second World War and made his last flight in 1946.
Alan’s dream of becoming a pilot was shattered when he lost his right leg, but he has now achieved his childhood dream.
‘Put simply I have achieved a childhood dream, but as a boy I could not have known a devastating accident would be the catalyst to that dream becoming a reality.’
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