He might have lost a leg in a motorcycle accident but that isn’t stopping Alan Robinson from reaching for the skies.
This month, the RAF Waddington aircraft technician who lives near North Kelsey, will start learning to fly a Chipmunk aircraft.
Already, the 36-year-old can fly Microlights, which saw him gain his full pilot’s license at Wickenby.
By August, the father-of one expects to begin his training in Spitfires.
CPL Alan Robinson lost his right leg in 2011 and became actively involved in the Flying For Freedom Charity, which works with the Help For Heroes charity for wounded and injured ex-servicemen.
Next December, he will also take part in the Antarctic Challenge, which will see Alan and others fly microlights to the South Pole to highlight how flying can help injured personnel adapt successfully back to civilian life.
Alan has received some sponsorship for the event and the Spitfire training. His efforts have already taken him to Goodwood airport, where he met Prince Harry, who enjoyed a Spitfire flight that day.
“I have always wanted to learn how to fly. I have always had an interest in war films and the Spitfire is iconic,” he said.
And missing his right leg is only a ‘minor’ handicap.
“I still have my day job. I do ordinary things but you adapt and overcome,” he said.