Bader Braves News

Entries Closed for Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Sleap

Our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at the Shropshire Flying Club in Sleap scheduled for Saturday 17th June is now full and we regret that we are unable to accept any further entries. We apologise for any disappointment caused to our Braves and hope that those of you hoping to attend will be able to… View Article

Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Haverfordwest now full

Our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day, to take place at the Pembrokeshire Flying Club, Haverfordwest Airport on Saturday 10th June is now full and we are unable to accept any further entries. We apologise for any disappointment caused if you were hoping to attend this popular Flying Day. Places are still available for other events… View Article

Braves Young Aviators Enjoy Half Term with Hull Aero Club – now with added photos

Our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Hull Aero Club is the only one that is held on a weekday during the school holiday period; it particularly suits the Club as, apparently, it is much quieter for them and easier to operate than at a weekend when, in the words of event co-ordinator Peter Spencer “it… View Article

Super Saturday at Sensational Sandown

After what was a fairly dodgy start our first ever Bader Braves event on the Isle of Wight turned into a staggering success!! I hasten to add that the “dodgy start” was nothing to do with Sandown Airport, the Isle of Wight Flying Club or the event itself; it was rather more down to Wightlink… View Article

Cracking Kinloss Kick-off for 2017 Young Aviators!

There can be fewer more spectacular venues than the Moray Firth for our Bader Braves to enjoy what is, for the vast majority, their first experience of taking a flight in a light aircraft or fewer awe-inspiring venues than the vast expanses of what is now a ghost-like air base, once the home of so… View Article

Swashbuckling Braves Take to the Water 2 – Brilliant New Photos!

A great collection of photographs taken by Jamie O’Gorman at the inaugural Bader Braves Sailability Sailing Day courtesy of Tideways.

Swashbuckling Braves Take to the Water!

The first Bader Braves Sailing Day yesterday (10th April) at the Surrey Docks in London was a huge success. Below is a report by Charley Bickers who was there enjoying this inaugural DBF event with David Bickers, Robert Pascall and Jamie O’Gorman. Ahoy me hearties! Shiver me timbers, what a fine day we all had…. View Article

Bader Braves Events Coming Up!

Our first 2 Bader Braves Events of 2017 will take place either side of the weekend. On Friday 7th, Braves will be heading to the brilliant Oasis Go-Kart Track in Stockwell for a Go-Karting Day. We have had a couple of trial Go-Karting sessions before and both were a great success. We aim to make this a… View Article

Bader Braves Young Aviators Days 2017

Here is the schedule for our exciting programme of Bader Braves Young Aviators Days for 2017. Registration Forms for all these events are now available under Events in the Bader Braves section of the Website. (Follow the Events link to fly there quickly!) We are proud to be able to offer 10 of these hugely successful… View Article

Exciting schedule for Bader Braves Events 2017!

Our Bader Braves Events schedule for 2017 is here and includes sailing and go-karting for the first time. Great opportunities for our Braves to try different and exciting activities. We think you’ll agree that with new events and more Young Aviators Days than ever it was with waiting for…  With new Flying Day locations now covering… View Article

Pembroke Perfection for Privileged Braves

I was quite worried on Thursday 15th September when, from a very sunny and hot Tring office, I called John Wilson, organiser and co-ordinator of our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day with The Pembrokeshire Flying Club scheduled for just over 36 hours time, to hear that “it’s pouring with rain here”. My concern must have… View Article

Wonderful but windy White Waltham Welcomes the Braves

Once again the members of the West London Aero Club (WLAC) provided another fantastic day for Bader Braves at their White Waltham Airfield home. Despite a very gloomy start to the day with a disappointing hint of rain which thankfully disappeared as the morning progressed and some very blustery (something of an understatement!!) conditions which… View Article

Magnificent Manchester for Bader Braves Young Aviators!!

Once again the weather threatened to disrupt our Young Aviators Day on Saturday 16th July at City Airport & Heliport, Manchester…………….. but it didn’t!!! When we left our Tring office on Friday morning the sun was shining and the forecast for the weekend had been quite promising and Jess and I were really looking forward… View Article

Brilliant Day for Bader Braves with The Ulster Flying Club

Over previous years it has always a treat for Bader Braves to make a visit to our friends at The Ulster Flying Club; this year was most definitely no exception!! As always we knew that it would only be the weather that could spoil our day with the Newtownards based club. Friday’s weather forecast promised… View Article

Super Saturday at Sensational Sleap

Once again our friends at The Shropshire Aero Club provided Bader Braves with yet another fantastic day on Saturday 2nd July. Despite the rather disappointing temperature, gusty winds and threat of “intermittent showers” event organiser, Neil Edgeley, took the decision on Friday after consulting with the weather men, that our Young Aviators Day at Sleap… View Article

A New Young Aviators Day for our Bader Braves!

We’re delighted to announce an additional Young Aviators Day to our 2016 Programme. This is an exciting new venue and we hope it will give those of you who have been unable to get to other events another opportunity of attending one of our hugely popular and successful Young Aviators Days. The event will take place… View Article

Hull Braves given a Special Day

Friday 3rd June was the date that Bader Braves Young Aviators had their first visit to the home of the Hull Aero Club at Linley Hill Airfield near Beverley and a spectacularly successful day it proved to be too!! Despite the threat of “unsettled” weather, mother nature thankfully looked kindly on us; everyone at the… View Article

Bader Braves Go-Karting Day at Oasis

BADER BRAVES GO KART DAY OASIS LONDON 1st JUNE 2016 We were introduced two years ago to Oasis Go-kart Track by the Leather Sellers Guild, one of our supporters who has supported Oasis in London. Oasis run open go-karting sessions for children and young people aged 8 and over. Oasis welcomes disabled drivers. The site is… View Article

Braves off to a “Flyer” at Kinloss! KD Report

Young Aviators off to a “flyer” for 2016 At Kinloss!! The Bader Braves Young Aviators 2016 programme got off to a flying start with The Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks on the Moray Firth on Saturday 14th May. Event co-ordinator, George MacKenzie, was waiting to welcome the first wave of Young Aviators at the guardroom… View Article

Bader Braves – 1st Flying Day for 2016 this Saturday!

How quickly the year is passing! It’s a sign that summer is almost upon us – our first Bader Braves Event of the 2016 Programme is imminent…. The first of our hugely popular and successful Young Aviators Days of the year will take place this Saturday, 14th May, at Moray Flying Club, Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Moray, IV36 3UH…. View Article

Important News for Bader Braves – Manchester Flying Day Postponed

Unfortunately, due to operational difficulties, the Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Barton Manchester scheduled for Sat 21st May has had to be postponed to new date Sat 16th July 2016. We apologise to our Braves and their families for any disappointment and inconvenience caused by this unavoidable delay and hope to see you all on… View Article

Calling Braves! Your chance to try Go-Karting!

In conjunction with Oasis Children’s Venture, the DBF are offering their Bader Braves the chance to try Go-Karting. The event will take place on Wednesday 1st June at 33 PRIORY GROVE, STOCKWELL, LONDON SW8 2PD How the day will work: There are 2 time slots available: Morning: 11.00am-1.00pm Afternoon: 2.30pm-4.30pm For your own safety and that of… View Article

2016 Bader Braves Flying Day Programme

Our Bader Braves Young Aviators Days programme for 2016 is here and, as you can see, we have some real treats in store. We are currently working on the forms and, as soon as we have those available, you will be able to register for your chosen event. Until then, you can whet your appetites… View Article

Bader Braves 2015 Grand Finale

The 2015 Bader Braves season finished on a high note with 2 hugely successful and enjoyable weekends with the Calvert Trust with return visits to their venues at Exmoor and Kielder. You can download Keith Delderfield’s great report to read here. It will open as a pdf in a new window. We are, again, extremely grateful to the… View Article

Braves have fun at Haverfordwest

At last! A sunny day for one of our Young Aviators Days! The weather must have been caught napping on the 19th September as, for once, it failed to force the cancellation of one of our Flying Days and our Braves had a fantastic time with Pembrokeshire Flying Club. What a way to finish our Young… View Article

Ulster Flying Day – KD Report

Sun Shines for Brilliant Ulster Braves Day Saturday 5th September dawned bright and sunny; not blazing hot but at least we had got what was to be perfect weather for our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day with The Ulster Flying Club at Newtownards Airport. Please click on the link to read Keith Delderfield’s Report

Hull Flying Day rescheduled

The weather is clearly out to get us this year with the latest casualty being the forthcoming Young Aviators Day at Hull scheduled for this Friday, 14th August. A very poor forecast for the end of the week has left us sadly with no option but to reschedule the event for the safety and enjoyment… View Article

Wonderful White Waltham!

Our Bader Braves had a fantastic day at White Waltham, wonderfully hosted by the West London Aero Club as always, on Sunday 5th July and, for once this year, the weather smiled on the event too! Making the day even more special was the presence of Mrs Mireille Farrow, who was so generously responsible for creating the first… View Article

Dunkeswell Braves Beat the Weather

(Rather an apt logo as it turned out!) Our old friend, the weather, clearly did its best to stymie yet another Young Aviators Day at Dunkeswell on Saturday. However, everyone concerned held their nerve and eventually, largely thanks to some determined work by the pilots, a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all as you can see from Keith… View Article

Barton Braves Beat the Weather…

…At the Second Attempt! Please click on the link to read Keith Delderfield’s report of a very successful Young Aviators Day at City Airport, Manchester – despite the weather! The report will open in a separate window. KD Report

Goodwood Flying Day Withdrawn

It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our Young Aviators Day at Goodwood Airfield. This Flying Day was scheduled for Sunday 2nd August but unfortunately essential redevelopment work at the Goodwood Aero Club has overrun and the club will not now be ready for our Braves visit in time. It… View Article

URGENT! Flying Day News!

Calling all Braves! We have some important news re our Young Aviators Days: Barton (scheduled date Saturday 13th June – new date Sunday 14th June) Entries Closed:  on Wednesday evening for this event. (Remember we always have to close entries on the Wednesday before a weekend Flying Day in order to allow time for the… View Article

Ulster Flying Day Postponed

We are sorry to inform all Braves hoping to attend the Young Aviators Day at Ulster on Saturday that we have been advised by the met office in Ulster that high winds and generally very unfavourable flying conditions have been forecast for the area on Saturday. As a result, with great regret, we have decided to… View Article

Next Young Aviators Days…

Hello Braves! As you’ll all know, entries have closed for the imminent Young Aviators Day this Saturday at Ulster. A gentle reminder that, in order to allow time for admin, entries close on Wednesday evenings for Flying Days the ensuing weekend. The only difference this year will be the Young Aviators Day in Hull (14th August), which… View Article

PERTH PERFECTION FOR BRAVES

What a fantastic day all of the Bader Braves had on Saturday 23rd May with the Scottish Aero Club at Perth Airport. We all woke to bright skies, very little cloud and best of all, virtually no wind; it had the makings of a super day. By 10.00 our Braves had started to gather buzzing… View Article

Kinloss Kick-Off – KD Report

KINLOSS KICK-OFF For 2105 Young Aviators The Bader Braves Young Aviators Flying Days programme got off to first class start with The Moray Flying Club (MFC) at Kinloss Barracks on the banks of the Moray Firth last weekend. As always our friends at MFC pulled out all the stops to give everyone a great day…. View Article

Perth Flying Day Full

Our Young Aviators Day at Perth is full and we have had to close entries. The Flying Day, to be held at Scottish Aero Club, Perth Airport, Scone, Perth, PH2 6PL on Saturday 23rd May has proved to be very popular and we’re sorry to disappoint any Braves who hadn’t got around to reserving a… View Article

Entries Closed for Kinloss

Entries have now closed for the Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Moray Flying Club, Kinloss, this coming Saturday, 16th May. As last year, we have to close entries on the Wednesday before a Flying Day weekend to allow us to process entries and paperwork and this will apply to all events. We apologise for… View Article

Bader Braves visit Yeovilton

Young Aviators Take off Whilst Still on the Ground!! The 2015 Bader Braves Young Aviators programme got off to a flying start on 9th April but nobody left the ground!! Our first event took the form of a superb day with the Royal Navy Historic Flight, RN Air Squadron 815 and the Fleet Air Arm… View Article

Bader Braves Go Kart Adventure

Bader Braves Go Karting Day at Oasis Karting Project, Stockwell, London 8th April 2015   A very excited group of Bader Braves and their families arrived at the Oasis Go Karting Project for a Bader Braves trial Go Karting Day. In the safe hands of Oasis Karting organiser JP and his group of helpers, mechanics,… View Article

Urgent! Last few places Yeovilton

We still have a few places left on our Bader Braves visit to The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Royal Navy Historic Flight on Thursday 9th April. This will be a fascinating and exciting visit limited to just 12 Braves and these last places are bound to go quickly. If you’d like… View Article

2015 Bader Braves Programme

Bader Braves Young Aviators Days & Events Schedule 2015 Visits: Thurs 9th April:   Visit: Fleet Air Arm Museum & RN Historic Flight: Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset, BA22 8HT Young Aviators Days: Sat 16th May:  Young Aviators: Moray Flying Club: Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3UH Sat 23rd May:  Young Aviators:  Scottish… View Article

First event of 2015

Our 2015 schedule for BADER BRAVES Events and Young Aviators Days will kick off on Thursday 9th April with this brilliant, not-to-be-missed opportunity to visit RNAS Yeovilton.

Haverfordwest finale

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BADER BRAVES – A Brilliant Day at Bodmin! KD Report

Please click on the link to see a wonderful selection of photographs very kindly taken and sent to us by Derek Boyce. We are extremely grateful to Derek for sharing these and hope you enjoy them! https://www.flickr.com/photos/16090262@N06/sets/72157647259047752/

Young Aviators Day at Bodmin Airfield this Saturday (23rd August) now full

Hello BADER BRAVES! We hope you’ve had a good weekend. I’ve just heard that our Young Aviators Day to be held at Cornwall Flying Club, Bodmin Airfield this coming Saturday, 23rd August, is full and, with regret, we are unable to accept any further entries. We apologise to any of our Braves who had hoped to… View Article

Big Bertha Bags BADER BRAVES at GOODWOOD!

BIG BERTHA BAGS BADER BRAVES AT GOODWOOD In an odd way it was something of a relief to awake this Sunday morning to the sound of rain beating on the bedroom window for, on Friday morning and in the light of the terrible weather forecast for Sunday 10th August along the South Coast region,  a… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Goodwood Flying Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at GOODWOOD FLYING CLUB: SUNDAY 10TH AUGUST: Goodwood Flying Club – Goodwood Airfield, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PH. (NB: This Event is full and entries have been closed. We are sorry for any disappointment.)

Bader Braves – Shropshire Storms Swoop on Sleap…Keith Delderfield’s report.

SHROPSHIRE STORMS SWOOP ON SLEAP Report by Keith Delderfield   Saturday 19th July saw Mother Nature at her worst in Shropshire!! My phone sprung into life around 06.15 with the first call of the day from a concerned parent of one of our Bader Braves enquiring as to whether or not our Young Aviators Day… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Shropshire Aero Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at SHROPSHIRE AERO CLUB: SATURDAY 19TH JULY: Shropshire Aero Club – Sleap Aerodrome, Harmer Hill, Shropshire, SY4 3HE

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at White Waltham: Brilliant! Keith Delderfield’s report….

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – West London Aero Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at WEST LONDON AERO CLUB: SUNDAY 6TH JULY: West London Aero Club – White Waltham Airfield, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3TW

Entries closed for Young Aviators Day at Haverfordwest!

We’ve just heard that the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day to be held at Haverfordwest Airport on the 20th September is now full and, with regret, we’re unable to accept any further entries. As you know, this is a revised date as the event was originally scheduled for the end of June but had to… View Article

Dunkeswell Delivers! Report by Keith Delderfield

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Devon & Somerset Flight Training

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at DEVON & SOMERSET FLIGHT TRAINING: SATURDAY 21ST JUNE: Devon & Somerset Flight Training – Dunkeswell Aerodrome, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4LG

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Perth (KD Report)

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Scottish Aero Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at SCOTTISH AERO CLUB: Saturday 24th May: Scottish Aero Club – Perth Airport, Scone, Perth, PH2 6PL

BADER BRAVES – Kinloss. A perfect start to the Young Aviators Day Programme!

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Moray Flying Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at MORAY FLYING CLUB: Saturday 17th May: Moray Flying Club: Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3UH

Bader Braves Young Aviators Days update

The first of our popular BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days is almost upon us with the 2014 Programme taking off(!) in style at the Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks in Morayshire this Saturday, 17th May. In fact the programme is starting with such enthusiasm that this event is full and entries have closed. We’re… View Article

A great time had by all at the BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend at Calvert Trust, Kielder

BADER BRAVES ADVENTURE WEEKEND at CALVERT TRUST KIELDER 11-13 April 2014 Well – what a wonderful time we all had at Calvert Trust, Kielder, last weekend. A big thank you to all who attended and made it such a heart-warming and inspirational weekend. We have held previous Adventure Weekends at the Calvert Trust both in… View Article

BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend for Young Amputees and Children with Limb Loss

A BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend for young amputees and children with limb loss will be held at the Calvert Trust, Kielder on the weekend of the 11th – 13th April. (Please note that this event is full.) For more information please contact: DAVID BICKERS, The Douglas Bader Foundation Administration Office, 14 Raynham Road, London,W6 0HY… View Article

BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend for Children with Limb Loss

DBF are delighted to announce that we will be holding a BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend in April for young amputees and children with limb loss. The event will run between the 11th and 13th April and will again be hosted by the fantastic Calvert Trust, Kielder. (Click on the logo to visit the Calvert Trust,… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Days 2013 – A round up of the Braves’ year in the air by Keith Delderfield

BADER BRAVES – Ulster Flying Day 2 well worth waiting for

BADER BRAVES – Flying Day at Waddington a great success! (Now with Gallery)

Here is Keith Delderfield’s report of the great Young Aviators Day enjoyed by our BADER BRAVES and their families at the RAF Waddington Flying Club, Lincoln, on Saturday 7th September. Sadly Keith forgot to take his camera with him(!) so we’d be very grateful to receive any pictures taken of the day by our Braves…. View Article

Photo link to BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at Bodmin

We are  extremely grateful to Derek Boyce, Photographer and Committee Member for Feet Off the Ground, for sending in a link to a selection of great photographs he took at the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at the Cornwall Flying Club, Bodmin Airfield in Cornwall on the 17th August. Derek’s images really bring home the… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at Bodmin – Report by Keith Delderfield (Now with photos by Derek Boyce)

Many thanks to Victor Rose for sending in these great photos of Kedmanee enjoying the Flying Day at Bodmin. We are always delighted to receive pictures and reports from our Braves and their families. It’s lovely to have them to share as memories with existing Braves and to encourage new Braves to join the BADER… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day at Goodwood: Report & Photographs

We had another fantastic day for the BADER BRAVES in West Sussex on our revised date of Saturday 3rd August. It is the fourth time that we have been so generously hosted by our friends at the Goodwood Aero Club and once again they ensured that everyone left with a great big smile on their… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day Sleap – Some photographs from Bader Brave, Ellie

We always love hearing from our BADER BRAVES about their experiences at the Young Aviators Days and other BB Events and we were delighted to receive these great photographs from Ellie who joined us for the hugely successful Flying Day at Sleap Aerodrome in Shropshire on Saturday 20th July. A big thank you also to… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Sleap

Here is Keith Delderfield’s report of what was clearly a hugely successful BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at Sleap Aerodrome, Shropshire. As always, we’d love to hear your own reports and to receive any photographs you may have to share so do please get in touch and keep checking the pages for more. BADER BRAVES… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day Perth – Report & Photographs

PERTH SCOTTISH AERO CLUB DAY 6TH JULY REPORT A happy band of 30 local children including wheelchair users, youngsters suffering from cancer and young carers who look after their own disabled parents at home, took the skies  enjoying once in a lifetime flights for a day to remember. The great success on Saturday was  aided by fine weather and tremendous… View Article

BADER BRAVES – A Great Day at Dunkeswell

Sun Shines for Super Show At Dunkeswell. 19 Bader Braves and their families gathered at Dunkeswell Aerodrome near Honiton in Devon on Saturday 29th June for the first ever Young Aviators Day at this splendid and very friendly venue. To make the day even more enjoyable we were blessed with some splendid weather, warm sunshine… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day at Haverfordwest – A Helper (and flyer)’s Wonderful Blog & Film

We are enormously grateful to one of the lovely helpers at the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day, which was held at Haverfordwest Airport on Saturday 8th June. Leia Fee was an enormous help on the day in every way, and, with help from her mother, last seen leaving the airfield with a car boot full… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day at Haverfordwest – Report, 1st Photographs & some video clips…

HAVERFORDWEST BADER BRAVES FLYING DAY SATURDAY 8th JUNE 2013 Sunny Saturday as temperatures hit 24 degrees in Haverfordwest Airfield, and no wind.  9 aircraft  present and correct accompanied by  12 pilots on hand to fly as many flights as required , a happy band of Helpers and Ground Crew and the DBF Team of David… View Article

From The Western Telegraph County News – Young Aviator Day flies in to Haverfordwest

5:00pm Friday 7th June 2013 in County News THE sky above Haverfordwest will be buzzing tomorrow when the Bader Braves Young Aviator Day comes to the area for the first time. Up to a dozen light aircraft – ranging from a vintage Piper J5 Club and Areonca Chiefs to modern day types – will be… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day Kinloss – Some great new photographs!

We are very grateful to Billy Laing of the Forres Camera Club for sending in the great photos taken at the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at Moray Flying Club, Kinloss Barracks. The Flying Day took place on Saturday 18th May – an inauspicious day weather-wise as it turned out. Fortunately all at Kinloss Barracks… View Article

Kinloss 2013 Report

* Please use this link to go to the Moravia Team Website * Here are the photographs from the report – more to follow so please keep checking in. We are very grateful to Billy Laing of the Forres Camera Club for sending in the wonderful photographs taken on the day, which can be seen… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day White Waltham – From a Pilot’s Perspective

We are greatly indebted to the pilots, volunteers, helpers and all at the various Airfields that so kindly host our BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days. Without their support and generosity these events simply wouldn’t be possible. It was both gratifying and poignant, therefore, to hear from Stuart Scott, one of the pilots at the thoroughly… View Article

BADER BRAVES – West London Aero Club Flying Day – Report by Keith Delderfield

BADER BRAVES Flying Day White Waltham Airfield – Some photographs…

I was lucky to be at the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at the West London Aero Club at White Waltham Airfield yesterday (Sunday 12th May). As in previous years, the Club, their members and their wonderful pilots did us proud and ensured that the Braves and their families had a great day out. There’s… View Article

BADER BRAVES – 2013 Flying Days off to a great start at Ulster

The first BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day of 2013 took place at Ulster Airfield on Bank Holiday Saturday, 4th May. As you’ll read from Keith Delderfield’s report below, we couldn’t have had a better start to the 2013 Programme. There are more photographs to follow, so please keep checking in.   Bader Braves Young Aviators… View Article

BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend – Calvert Trust Exmoor: Report & Gallery 1

Here is Keith Delderfield’s report of the wonderful Winter Wonderland Weekend (avoid alliteration always!) at Calvert Trust, Exmoor. You will also be able to see a selection of the photographs he took there as a gallery below or as a collection in the BADER BRAVES Gallery Page. You can view the images as a slideshow… View Article

BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Adventure Weekend, Exmoor

I was lucky enough to attend the BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Adventure Weekend this past weekend and can quite truthfully say that everyone who attended, whatever their age, size or disability, had the most wonderful time courtesy of the excellent Calvert Trust, Exmoor. I couldn’t go to last year’s Winter Wonderland Weekend at one of… View Article

It’s Here! Bader Braves Flying Day Programme now in!

After a lot of head-scratching, juggling and hard work on behalf of Keith Delderfield, we are delighted to be able to announce the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day Programme – almost in its entirety – for 2013. **** Two of the dates, Saturday 1st June (RAF Waddington) and Saturday 15th June (Great Oakley Airfield) have… View Article
BADER BRAVES at Calvert Trust

BADER BRAVES at Calvert Trust

We are delighted to announce a brand new Event for the Douglas Bader Foundation BADER BRAVES. Following the success of our Winter Wonderland Weekend in Kielder, we’ve joined forces with the excellent Calvert Trust again but this time at their state-of-the-art Centre in Exmoor. CALVERT TRUST EXMOOR is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the… View Article

Mexican Gulf oil disaster spreads good fortune for Bader Braves.

Following the terrible disaster in April 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico a consortium of oil producing companies (Exxon Mobile, Shell, Conoco Phillips & Chevron) came together in the shape of Marine Well Containment, to develop a plan and create specialised emergency equipment designed to deal with a… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Days 2012 – Some feedback comments…

Our BADER BRAVES Flying Day Programme for 2012 has now been successfully completed despite the worst the weather and the Olympics could throw at us and we are very grateful to the following participants for their feedback. We always love to hear from you and, of course, to receive any photographs you are happy to… View Article

BADER BRAVES! – Flying Day Report from Sleap

The Douglas Bader Foundation BADER BRAVES had a day to remember at Sleap Aerodrome on Saturday 8th September. A report by Keith Delderfield follows but, as these Young Aviators Days are very much your days, BRAVES, we’d love to receive any reports, stories and memories you have of the day. We’re also always delighted to… View Article

BADER BRAVES! – Flying Day report from Ulster

The BADER BRAVES had a great day to mark the first Young Aviators Day in Northern Ireland on Saturday, September 1st. A report by Keith Delderfield follows but, as always, we’d love to receive your own reports and photographs if you’re willing to share them. These Flying Days are very much your days, BRAVES, and… View Article

BADER BRAVES! – Flying Day Report from Pembrey

The BADER BRAVES had a wonderful day at Pembrey Airport on Saturday July 28th. Here is a report on the day by Keith Delderfield. We’d very much like to hear your own reports or stories and, as always, to receive any photographs you or your families or carers may have taken on the day to… View Article

BADER BRAVES! A Day at Tangmere Aviation Museum! Don’t miss this great opportunity

A reminder to all BADER BRAVES and their families that Saturday 11th August offers the opportunity to spend the day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. You will get a FREE GUIDED TOUR of this fascinating museum and the opportunity to learn more about Sir Douglas Bader, our eponymous hero. This is a wonderful complement to… View Article

OLYMPICS SHOOT DOWN BADER BRAVES HEADCORN EVENT!!

The Douglas Bader Foundation have just received notification that due to demands on airspace inflicted by the 2012 Olympic Games air restrictions in the locality and the subsequent demands on the workforce at Headcorn and increased circuit workload, the Headcorn Bader Braves Young Aviators Day scheduled for Sunday 5th August has had to be postponed…. View Article

BADER BRAVES – Persistence at Perth Pays!!

Bader Braves fail to take off in Perth

Bader Braves Young Aviators fail to take off in Perth Atrocious weather in Perth on 16th & 17th June led to the abandonment of the Bader Braves Young Aviators Day scheduled there. But all is not lost!! Thanks to the generosity of the members and committee at the Scottish Aero Club the event will now… View Article

URGENT! BADER BRAVES – Waddington Falls Victim to the Olympics!

Waddington Falls Victim to the Olympics!! It is with more than a tinge of sadness that we have had to cancel our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day scheduled for 2nd June 2012 at RAF Waddington due to the stations commitment to the upcoming London Olympics. Despite considerable efforts to find an alternative venue the time… View Article

BADER BRAVES – 1st Flying Day 2012 at Kinloss

Saturday May 5th saw the successful and very enjoyable completion of the Douglas Bader Foundation BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day of the 2012 Programme. This was held at R.A.F. Kinloss and, as you will see from Keith Delderfield’s report below, a very good time was had by all. As you know, we are always delighted… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days 2012 – Latest Schedule: 12 Opportunities This Year!

We are delighted and very proud to announce the final schedule for our BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days 2012. We have increased both the amount of dates – we can now offer an amazing 12 to choose from – and also the venues. As well as some old favourites, you’ll see brand new names and… View Article

BADER BRAVES – Peter Saywell Track Day a great success

Peter Saywell Track Day at Goodwood Race Circuit, West Sussex Saturday, 31st March 2012 1st Report! We’re delighted to report that The Peter Saywell Track Day at Goodwood held on Saturday was a great success. The Douglas Bader Foundation CEO, David Bickers, was there and had even more excitement than anticipated when the driver of… View Article
David’s 3 Peaks Challenge to help  Bader Braves.

David’s 3 Peaks Challenge to help Bader Braves.

David McNamara from Maidenhead, father of one of our Bader Braves, has taken on the amazing 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of his son and to raise much needed funds for the Foundation and, in particular, the Braves project. David’s son is something of a Braves veteran having participated in a number of our Young… View Article