A GROUP of magnificent men in their flying machines have taken to the air in a round Britain fundraising flight.

And they include Huddersfield cancer sufferer Vic Cardnell, 49, who is aiming to raise thousands for the CancerBacup charity with a flight around Britain in a light aircraft.

Vic, from Honley, was originally diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2001.

The dad-of-three from Oldfield Road, battled the disease, but was told last April that the disease was incurable.

Vic and friends at the Flight2Fight campaign have masterminded the 2,000-mile air trek to help raise £20,000 for the charity.

The former Barclays Bank project manager said he decided to channel his efforts into raising money for CancerBacup after the help and support it gave his family.

Vic took the pilot's seat on Sunday as four aircraft flew from Gamston, in Lincolnshire, to Blackpool, the official start point of the challenge.

Yesterday main pilot Leon Opit piloted the Diamond DA40 light aircraft from Blackpool down along the coast of Wales via Caernarfon and Haverfordwest before finishing at St Just airport at Land's End.

But the crew missed out on having their photo taken with the famous sign pointing towards John O'Groats.

Vic said: "Slippage in the schedule meant that we arrived some 30 minutes after the sign had been removed.

"Apparently, this is to prevent it being stolen by ne'er-do-wells - I wonder who they had in mind?"

The journey was due to continue today with the team taking in some of the south coast of England including Plymouth and Southhampton.

For more information, or to make a donation, you can log on to www.flight2fight.com