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Red Arrows swap Hawk jets for Vespa's in charity ride
The journey across the UK mainland would normally take little over an hour in their usual transport
The journey across the UK mainland would normally take little over an hour in their usual transport

Now when you think of the Red Arrows Aerobatics team you wouldn't associate them with mopeds.

The team however, is swapping its Hawk jets for a charity Vespa ride.

They are travelling from Lands End to John O'Groats, all in aid of Help for Heroes.

In their Hawk aircraft the Red Arrows pilots would cover the distance in just over an hour, but the scooter ride will take four days to complete the 1000 mile journey.

I have always wanted to ride a Vespa from Land's End to John O' Groats so decided to do it at the end of our display season
Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Mike Ling

Pilots from the world famous Red Arrows will be swapping their flying helmets for motorcycle helmets next week to complete a charity challenge that will take them from Land's End to John O' Groats.

The journey across the UK mainland would normally take little over an hour in their usual transport - the BAE Systems Hawk jet, however on red Vespa 125 S Scooters, it will take four days.

Joining the 10 Red Arrows pilots will be four members of another iconic aviation team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, who will be accompanying them on their way from Cornwall to Scotland.

The group will be raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, Help for Heroes, Whizz-kidz and Fly2help.

They are travelling from Lands End to John O'Groats, all in aid of Help for Heroes
Travelling from Lands End to John O'Groats, all in aid of Help for Heroes

Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Mike Ling is organising the challenge.

Mike, 31, is a keen motorcyclist as well as a Royal Air Force pilot. He says:

"I have always wanted to ride a Vespa from Land's End to John O' Groats so decided to do it at the end of our display season. The other pilots wanted to get involved as it's such a great opportunity to raise money for good causes."

He adds: "The forces charities are close to all our hearts but I am especially keen to help organisations like Whizz-kidz and Fly2help - especially as I've spent time in a wheelchair myself and appreciate the great work these charities do to help people get around and fulfil their ambitions."




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