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RAF man's loop-the-loop tea stunt

The challenge raised money for RAF personnel and their families

A Royal Air Force corporal injured in Iraq has completed a challenge to hold on to a mug of tea while a passenger in a plane flying loop-the-loops.

Cpl Stewart Hefti, 27, who has recovered from serious leg injuries, held on to the mug throughout 14 loops.

The bid to set a new record took place at RAF Museum Cosford in Shropshire in an aircraft flown by former RAF Red Arrows team leader Andy Offer.

The charity event raised money for RAF personnel and their families.

It is part of the RAF Association's Brew for Few events to commemorate the bravery of the RAF during World War II.

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The programme has been named after Winston Churchill's famous speech: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Cpl Hefti, from Suffolk, was on patrol in Basra with First Squadron, RAF Regiment, when his unit came under fire.

One of his fellow gunners was killed in the attack.

Cpl Hefti was treated at the Regional Rehabilitation Unit at RAF Honington, Suffolk, and was able to overcome his injuries and rejoin colleagues in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Mr Offer is now a pilot with UK aerobatic team The Blades.

The RAF Association (RAFA) is holding a series of fundraising tea parties throughout September.

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