Flying for Freedom are mounting a daring expedition to be undertaken by eight wounded and injured servicemen designed to bring to the attention of Britain and British Business the urgent need to build self-sustaining activities that get our veterans back into work and daily life.
The Expedition, in partnership with Help for Heroes will show their ability not their disability as they each fly by microlight to the South Pole.
Our South Pole attempt will be the culmination of five years planning, training and testing. With support from sponsors and supporters we can deploy to Antarctica for an attempt on the South Pole. To challenge perceptions of disability.
- The final plan may change because there are a number of options depending on logistics and stores positioning. The expedition will fly three to five aircraft from the McMurdo Station up the Great Ice Road to the South Pole and then (with enough support from sponsors) onto Union Glacier. In support of the aircraft will be two ground vehicles carrying fuel, provisions and medical support.
- From Union Glacier Richard Meredith-Hardy will lead an attempt to overfly the summit of Mt Vinson (16067 ft), the highest peak on the Antarctic continent.
- From Union Glacier the route will curve down across the and a landing at the South Pole.
- Following the obligatory photo call at the South Pole, the team will back track to Union Glacier for an extraction by air charter to Chille.
The expedition is a huge technical challenge as it has never been attempted before and so we have to modify or design from scratch what we need. This is a great opportunity for business and industry. From converted snowmobile helmets to newly designed prosthetics, our equipment has to be extremely light, but robust enough to withstand the rigors of the coldest place on earth.
For safety and servicing reasons we hope to take a minimum of five (5) Aircraft with us. These are likely to be P&M PulsR Microlights that are open cockpit , but have a full fronted visor. Wheels are to be replaced with snow boards for landing and small metal fittings need to be tested, alongside ideas to warm the engine prior to starting. The biggest change will be the total replacement of the wiring loom and fuel lines. Rubberised wiring becomes brittle and crumbles away at the over time in Antarctic temperatures.
BAME is a very different challenge from all previous expeditions undertaken by the wounded. Our team will be attempting an expedition that has never been attempted before by the able bodied.