Huge congratulations to Major Dan McBride who completed the Longmynd Hike last weekend. The 80km hike, which follows a set figure-of-eight route over the rugged countryside of South Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, has 8,000 feet of climbing and covers eight summits.
Dan, who is a helicopter instructor pilot at RAF Shawbury, was severely injured in a mid-air collision while on night operations and the path to recovery has been a long and slow process, which makes his achievement this past weekend even more remarkable. Job well done, Dan!
“I was extremely lucky to survive a helicopter mid-air collision at night while on operations in 1992. Unfortunately, the crew and passengers on the other helicopter all died. My injuries included extensive damage to head, right shoulder, right arm, spine and right leg along with being unconscious for 5 – 6 days. After the crash I was told that I may suffer permanent brain damage, possibly never regain dexterity of my right arm and hand, may not be able to walk properly and probably always walk with a limp and would certainly never return to flying.
I was also fortunate, in that my family and friends all believed in me and supported me. I spent a year in hospital and at the Defence Military Rehabilitation Unit, Headley Court. It took me 11 months of literally blood, sweat and tears, however, I managed to regain my full flying category. I am now seeking to support Walking With The Wounded, which aims to rehabilitate personel and train them to reintegrate with society and give them a second chance in a career that works around their disability.”
– Major Dan McBride
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