Al Hodgson in wind tunnel
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Amputee Veterans Take On Skydiving Wind Tunnel Ahead Of Armed Forces Day

A group of amputee veterans have taken part in a wind tunnel skydiving session ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Al Hodgson in wind tunnel

A group of military veterans took part in the wind tunnel event (Picture: Speed Communications).

A group of amputee veterans have taken part in a wind tunnel skydiving session ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Former Paratrooper Al Hodgson, who lost both legs servingĀ in Northern Ireland in 1992, was joined by 16 ex-servicemen and women from charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

Among the veterans included Invictus competitor Lisa Johnston, who lost her left leg while serving as an Army medic, and Sgt Rick Clement who lost his legs while on duty in Afghanistan.

Over the last 20 years Mr Hodgson has completed more than 7,000 outdoor jumps and won multiple competitions, including a silver medal at the 2010 FAI World Skydiving Championships.

He said: "Skydiving in a wind tunnel is pure fun, there's no other way to describe it. It really doesn't matter how many times you do it, it still gives you a thrill.

"I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about giving it a go."

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday with a series of events planned across the nation.