Whilst on detachment in Italy in 2000 Daniel was hit by a car which resulted in a spinal injury leaving him paralysed from the armpits down. His friends and family helped him come to terms with his disability but he always regrets missing out on an opportunity to be a passenger in the Harrier.
With a keen interest in aviation and engineering, Daniel had joined the RAF aged 17 and, after training joined a Harrier GR7 squadron at RAF Cottesmore. He spent part of his time on HMS Illustrious during the British military intervention in Sierra Leone.
“Being awarded a flying scholarship would way more than top my missed opportunity. I never thought I would be able to learn to fly as I am in a wheelchair. Who knows where it could lead? I could be the first paralysed commercial pilot!”