In the footsteps of Bader

Sgt Alan Robinson after his successful first solo flight in the Boultbee Flight Academy’s Spitfire IXT SM520.
ALL PHOTOS ANDY ANNABLE/BOULTBEE

Just as in World War Two, a potentially life-changing disability may be no barrier to flying solo in a Spitfire. Thanks to the Boultbee Flight Academy and its Spitfire Scholarship, RAF serviceman Alan Robinson has proved exactly that

AMPUTEE SOLOS A SPITFIRE

‘‘A little over five years ago l woke up in a hospital bed to find my leg gone. The simple things previously taken for granted were to become the greatest challenge, such as walking. I was sure I wouldn’t be able to ride a bike again and thought that gaining a pilot’s licence would be out of the question. I thought being unable to achieve my dream would probably be a regret that would haunt me for the rest of my life.”

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