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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dunc is heading for new heights

All geared up:  Dunc Mason who is swapping jet power for pedal power to conquer French mountain

All geared up: Dunc Mason who is swapping jet power for pedal power to conquer French mountain

You could say that Dunc Mason is used to having his head in the clouds.

After all, the Squadron Leader is Officer in Command at the Coningsby based Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

His ‘day’ job involves overseeing the operation of the 12 historic aircraft that are part of the BBMF’s famous displays.

Later this month, Dunc will be taking a break from those duties.

Not that he’ll be putting his feet up.

Instead, he will be aiming to climb to new heights - by cycling up Mount Ventoux in the South of France.

And Dunc won’t just be tackling the daunting 1,900m challenge once. He’ll be aiming to complete it three times in a day to earn membership of the exclusive ‘Club de Cingles.’

There’s good reason for the challenge as Dunc is raising as much money as possible for the Jon Egging Trust.

He is a trustee of the organisation which was set up in honour of Jon Egging, the Red Arrow pilot who tragically died in an accident while flying at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Dunc was on the ground at Bournemouth waiting to take off in a BBMF Spitfire when the accident happened.

He served with Jon on a Harrier jet and with the Red Arrows. When Jon’s wife, Emma, started the charity, he pledged to support it.

He has completed a number of fundraising challenges but Ventoux promises to be the toughest.

Dunc explained: “My wife comes from Malaucene at the base of the mountain. I’ve climbed it before and met someone who told me he was doing it three times in one day to join the Club de Cingles.

“I decided I wouldn’t be outdone.”

*You can support Dun by visiting www.justgiving.com/DuncMasonVentoux

 

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