High flying Barry wins his wings

A brave Luton man has achieved a lifelong ambition and won his flying wings – in spite of being severely disabled after complications following surgery for a long-term spinal injury.

Barry Harvey, 57, of St Lawrence Avenue, was over the moon last year when he was awarded one of only nine Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.

The course involved 25 hours flying time and rigorous ground school exams.

The former RAF radio mechanic was recently presented with his wings at the Royal International Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

He said: “I can’t describe how wonderful it is up there in the air, it’s like being in a different world. It’s just you, the clouds and the sky. And it’s so quiet – apart from the engine noise.

“Then it’s back down and back to reality.”

Barry has now achieved two of the three goals on his bucket list – he’s written a cook book (with proceeds going to service charities), won his wings and is hoping to make it a hat trick by finding a part-time job.

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