Museum goes behind Paralympics scenes

THE Museum of Army Flying will be hosting a behind the scenes look at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics.

Following the sell-out success of episode one of its Olympic series of presentations, the Museum of Army Flying, in association with Aerobility and Help for Heroes, has announced a second instalment focusing on the story of injured servicemen in the air.

The free presentation will take place at the museum on Wednesday, 12 February at 7pm.

Places are limited so booking is advised through the museum website army.flying.com.

Local army aviator George Bacon has, through his close connections with Aerobility and Help for Heroes, brought together a presentation which tells the story of triumph over adversity.

The programme, which will be in two parts, will focus upon the work that Aerobility undertook in preparing a wounded serviceman, with no previous flying experience, to open the Paralympics with a pyrotechnic aircraft at night.

The second half will look more closely at the work of Help for Heroes in preparing our Paralympian serviceman for the games.

Representing Aerobility, and talking about the challenges they had to overcome, will be Mike Miller-Smith the CEO of the charity and Guy Westgate of GliderFX, the mastermind behind the development of night air pyrotechnic displays in the UK.

Presenters from Help for Heroes will an insight into the road to recovery and preparation of the Paralympian ex-soldiers.

It is hoped that representatives from both the cockpit and the games will be present providing an opportunity to engage with the team.

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