Aerobility’s Grand Auction is not just open but has taken a real boost this week, ahead of its conclusion on Saturday 28th November, thanks to support from the Royal Airforce Aerobatic Team,The Red Arrows and Breitling.
Not only has Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Team Leader 2018-2020, donated one of his iconic red flying suits but Squadron Leader Tom Bould, the new Red 1 for the next three seasons, has joined his team pilots by signing a Breitling Avenger RAF Red Arrows Limited Edition watch, donated by Breitling. Both items can be seen at www.aerobility.com/auction.
Bold, extremely robust and shock resistant, the Breitling Avenger is released in partnership with the Royal Air Force and exclusively features the distinctive emblems of The Red Arrows. The Royal Air Force’s signature colours are reflected in the blue dial with red accents, while the Red Arrows’ famous Diamond Nine motif takes pride of place at 9 o’clock.
Squadron Leader Pert said: “This flying suit saw action with me flying across North America, including down the Hudson and also in 2020 with the VE Day 75 Flypast. It’s been signed by the 2020 team and I will even personalise it to the lucky bidder”
Squadron Leader Bould said: “I know, first-hand, from meeting those involved with Aerobility that they aim for excellence. In this year’s auction, Breitling has donated an Avenger Automatic GMT 45 Red Arrows Limited Edition. Commitment, precision and split-second timing are crucial to the Red Arrows, which makes this a very relevant addition to the Aerobilty auction. To make it even more special, the Red Arrows team are going to sign this particular watch box. From everyone here at the Red Arrows we hope you find time to support Aerobility and its important activities.”
Mike Miller-Smith, CEO at Aerobility, said: “We are honoured that The Red Arrows and Breitling continue to support Aerobility. It’s incredible too that two Red1s have made such kind contributions. We are very grateful. This year has been particularly difficult, so the ongoing support of the team and of Breitling means so much and makes a massive difference to those with disability that we teach to fly.”
Aerobility changes lives by offering anyone with any disability, the opportunity to fly and participate in aviation-based activities. Aerobility removes barriers and offers disabled people a real sense of achievement and life changing freedom.
The charity teaches anyone, with any disability how to fly an aeroplane. It does this because it forces a focus on capabilities and it ask the question “if I can fly an aeroplane, what else can I do?”. In doing this the charity has created a community for those with an interest in aviation and disability.
Aerobility’s specially and uniquely adapted aircraft fly from airfields around the UK and every year support over 600 individuals ranging from those living with physical, learning or sensory impairment through to wounded, injured or sick members of our Armed Forces.