Bader Braves take to the air over Moray

Moray Flying Club hosted their annual 'Bader Braves' day recently.
Moray Flying Club hosted their annual ‘Bader Braves’ day recently.

CHILDREN FROM THROUGHOUT the north of Scotland were excited visitors to Kinloss Barracks recently for the annual ‘Bader Braves’ day.

Hosted by the Moray Flying Club, who are based at the Kinloss airfield, the day provides flight experience for children suffering from disabilities.

The Douglas Bader Foundation has always acknowledged the importance of the children’s families and carers and, in supporting the children, also aims to benefit those people involved in their lives.

Families were invited to join the 13 children visiting Moray Flying Club and each of them were given a 20-minute flight in a Cessna 172 light aircraft. For some of the local children it was a unique opportunity to see their homes and schools from the air.

Club pilots carried out a total of 31 flights over Moray and the resident RAF Fire Section kept the children entertained when they weren’t flying.

George Mackenzie is the Moray Flying Club event co-ordinator, he said: “We support the Bader Braves initiative because it gives children the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying despite any physical limitations they may have.

“This is the eighth year Moray Flying Club has been involved in this scheme and we plan to have another event next year. Our Club volunteers are always keen to help out on these days; and the support from the Kinloss Barracks personnel, providing lunch for example, is much appreciated by the children and their families.”