Ex-RAF pilots set for Britain to Spain charity flight in self-built plane for D-Day anniversary

CHARITY FLIGHT: Hodder (left) and Roberts (right) are commemorating the D-Day landings. CREDIT: Andy Hodder, via JustGiving

TWO FORMER RAF pilots are set to fly from the south of Britain to southern Spain in a self-built plane to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings for charity.

Andy Hodder and fellow ex-RAF pilot Andy Roberts are due to fly their self-made Skyranger Swift II light aircraft from Port Talbot in Wales to Malaga Province in August. They are aiming to raise almost €2,170 for the Help for Heroes charity which cares for military veterans.

Andy said they would fly over the Normandy regions to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Allied liberation of Europe during the Second World War.

“As it is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings this year, which my own grandfather took part in, we will be making some flights over the landing beaches in his honour and memory while also commemorating the landings,” Andy said.

“As the whole trip is quite a feat in the small aircraft, we wanted to maybe try and raise some funds for our modern day military heroes at the same time,” the pilot added.

The flight is set to take from Port Talbot to Dover and over to Calais, before flying west towards the Normandy region.

They are then set to fly south over the French-Spanish border via Perpignan before travelling down the east coast of Spain and arriving in Malaga Province.

Donations can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy-hodder.

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