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Amputee achieves childhood dream with historic Spitfire flight

Credit: Boultbee Flight Academy

An RAF aircraft engineer has become the first amputee to solo pilot a Spitfire since just after the Second World War thanks to a training programme backed by Prince Harry. Sergeant Alan Robinson, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, said he achieved a "childhood dream" after the "utterly overwhelming" experience of flying the famous fighter aircraft at the Boultbee Flight Academy in Goodwood, West Sussex.

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He is the first person to complete the academy's Spitfire Scholarship by
successfully solo piloting the original Supermarine Spitfire. Harry, currently on a tour of the Caribbean, has already sent his congratulations to Sgt Robinson, whom he met at the launch of the scheme. The two-year scholarship draws inspiration from Battle of Britain pilot Douglas Bader, who, despite losing both his legs in a crash in 1931, claimed 20 individual aerial victories in the Second World War. The scheme is supported by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's Endeavour Fund - which donates money and offers practical help to sporting and adventure challenges for wounded ex-service personnel.

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Sgt Robinson said: "When the moment came, the emotion of five years of highs, lows, frustrations, successes, doubts, fears, the desire to make my family proud and honour the memory of my father, was all compressed into ten minutes of flying. It was utterly overwhelming and once the final switch had been turned off the tears came. It's impossible to put the experience of this achievement into words how it feels and what it means. Put simply I have achieved a childhood dream, but as a boy I could not have known a devastating accident would be the catalyst to that dream becoming a reality."

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Festival of Speed begins today

The Festival of Speed starts today in Sussex.

Fans of fast cars will rub shoulders with the stars and like minded petrol heads at Goodwood for the four day event.

The Festival of Speed will be held at Goodwood Credit: ITV Meridian

"It's incredible to think that literally tens of millions of pounds worth of metal are swooping close to the old-style walls at speed... I just had a blast."

– Jenson Button, Formula One driver

Cars of the future unveiled in our region

The latest cars can drive themselves Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

The region's cars of the future have been unveiled today. These images were released by Rolls Royce based at Goodwood and Mini based at Oxford.The cars can drive themselves and will have the latest technology.The concepts were revealed by parent group BMW, based at Farnborough.​The company has been looking forward to the future as it celebrates 100 years.

The Mini of the future Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

Rolls Royce say it is the first time it has produced a concept car - and the vehicle will be the ultimate in luxury. But if you are a chauffeur it could prove to be bad news. The company say the car will drive itself.

But remember this is a concept car for the next 100 years, and not expected to be on our roads until 2040 - so don't worry too much just yet.

Stolen Aston Martin expected to fetch £1m at Sussex auction

A £1million Aston Martin that was stolen 14 years ago is being put up for auction at Goodwood in Sussex after the owner died before the car was recovered.

The rare DB2, which competed in the 1949 Le Mans race, was stolen in 2002 from owner Christopher Angell.

He died before the prototype racer was recovered by police this year in a dilapidated state at a storage facility in Holland.

The motor passed to Mr Angell's relative Ashley Mack, who has been forced to put it up for auction because it could cost "many thousands" to have it restored.

The vehicle is due to go under the hammer at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in West Sussex on June 27 and is expected to sell for around £1million.

Getting their skates on at Goodwood!

Centerstage Productions Youth Theatre race around Goodwood for charity Credit: ITV

Ever fancied racing around Goodwood race track? This weekend's annual South Coast Roll saw 800 people making their way round the 2.367mile course on skates and scooters.

Among them were 65 members of Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre from Chandler's Ford who raised £2000 towards their summer show - 'Starlight Express'. The skaters and scooters were able to access the course for 5 hours in the bank holiday sunshine.

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