by Victoria Panton Bacon Patrick Sawer,
Originally published: August 3, 2016
They suffer from severe disabilities, including motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis, but that has not stopped them taking to the skies.
Eleven profoundly disabled individuals have learnt to fly thanks to a scheme inspired by the exploits of celebrated World War Two fighter pilot Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, who flew with two prosthetic legs.
The eleven, who took part in the Flying Scholarships for the Disabled award scheme, have been presented with their flying certificates at the Royal International Air Tattoo, in Gloucestershire, by HRH Prince Faisal of Jordan and the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Andrew Pulford.