Marathon flight in aid of charity

John Baker and Tom Turner preparing for their flight with fly2help mascot Douglas Bear.

John Baker and Tom Turner preparing for their flight with fly2help mascot Douglas Bear.

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The sky over Warton will play host to a pair of amateur pilots today as they carry out a Dusk to Dawn charity challenge.

John Baker and Tom Turner are flying over the former homes of 29 Squadron – one of the oldest flying forces.
They will touch down at BAE Systems on their final stop before reaching their final destination later this evening.
The challenge, for the charity fly2help, which offers families and individuals suffering trauma some flying experience in Air Smile Days, will take 11 hours.
The duo were due to leave the charity’s base at Kemble, Gloucestershire, at 4.40am today, and fly over a number of disused airports along the South coast towards Manston Airport in Kent. 
They will fly over Essex, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia and Fife before their penultimate stop at BAE Systems.
They will end the challenge at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire – home to three Typhoon squadrons – just an hour before dusk.
Aviation design engineer John, 50, from Hampshire, already has 200 flying hours under his belt.
He said: “I consider myself a bit of an anorak when it comes to flying – I love it.”
He added: “The work fly2help does is fantastic, you can see the children’s eyes light up when you tell them they are going flying.”
To support John and Tom, who is from Gloucestershire, in their Dusk to Dawn challenge, visit www.fly2help.org

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