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Cayle Royce: soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan makes history - again!

He promised us there'd be more to come - now a soldier who lost both his legs in a Taliban explosion has delivered on that promise with another amazing feat.

Cayle Royce has become the first double amputee to fly a solo powered paraglider from John O'Groats to Lands End.

Setting off - good weather for the team as they prepare for take off! Credit: SkySchool
Up, up, and away! The solo powered paraglider carried him the length of the UK Credit: SkySchool
Light Dragoon Lance Corporal Cayle Royce Credit: Row2Recovery

The Lance Corporal, who's originally from South Africa but now lives in Devon, had only just received his British passport, when he took part in the expedition.

There were some amazing views along the route. Credit: SkySchool

It's the next in a long line of achievements - which included rowing the Atlantic as part of the Row2Recovery team.

Cayle spoke to ITV News West Country about what drove him both before and after the devastating explosion in Afghanistan.

I've always been hugely active. I've always got to keep busy. I've got to be doing something. I've got to challenge myself.

So when I woke up in hospital it was, as you can imagine, an enormously low point in my life and I had no idea what I was going to do.

The problem wasn't necessarily that I didn't want to adventure and explore any more. It was people may think I'm too much of a liability to get involved in this kind of thing. I couldn't have been more wrong really.

– Cayle Royce
The team made their way from the top of the UK right to the bottom. Credit: SkySchool

It was led by Alex Ledger, the managing director of Wiltshire-based Adventure Sports company SkySchool which taught him how to fly last year.

26
hours spent in the air
750
miles covered
6.5
total time the trip took in days
Sea views from the sky Credit: SkySchool

But there's no resting on their laurels for this team. They're off on another flying expedition soon, this time to the Somme Battlefields as part of another Help For Heroes supported trip

At journey's end - the team celebrate at Land's End. Credit: SkySchool