Bader’s Bus Company are the first British air display team featuring disabled pilots
The team, created in memory of the World War 2 Spitfire ace and double amputee Sir Douglas Bader enjoyed their first performance at Blackbushe airfield on September 5th 2019 following a lengthy selection process and intense training.
The date marked the anniversary of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader’s death and David Bickers, CEO of the Foundation, stated that “he could not have been more excited about the prospect”. David continued “We can think of no better way to honour his memory”. He added that he is certain that the creation of the first British air display team is a legacy of which Douglas would have been extremely proud.
The project was the brainchild of Charley Bickers, the grandson of Sir Douglas Bader, and it has been three years in the making. “Big Ideas don’t happen overnight, and this is a very ambitious project”, Charley explained. “Even just selecting the pilots has been a long process.”
The team performed at airshows throughout the UK last year. They are reliant on the support of the British public and sponsorship. There will be a period of consolidation and further fundraising in 2020 before they are back in the air to continue their work inspiring others and demonstrating what people with disabilities are capable of achieving.
Flying in formation goes against everything a pilot is taught and takes enormous courage, trust and teamwork. If you are able to support these extraordinary pilots, please visit their Virgin Giving page and donate to this very worthwhile cause.