Injured servicemen and women to attempt microflight across South Pole

A SEVEN-STRONG team of injured servicemen and women are set to attempt the world’s first microlight flight across the South Pole.

The team will fly more than 3,000 miles in a round-trip over Antartica in a lightweight, propeller-powered aircraft, braving temperatures as low as minus 30c.

The challenge will achieve three world firsts that have not been completed by anyone, disabled or not - the first flexible wing flight in Antarctica, the first over the South Pole and the first over the continent’s highest mountain, 16,050ft Mount Vinson.

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The squadron’s patron Lord Jones described the expedition as “wonderful”.

Flying for Freedom is seeking to raise another £1.2 million to add to the money already donated by Lord Jones and EADS.

People wishing to donate are asked to visit