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Couple fly around the world in tiny home-made airplane
10-02-2011, 02:14 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,060 Threads:1,568 Joined:Feb 2011
This is pretty cool! hi5.gif

After a year and a day, 99 flights, 23 countries and bags of teamwork, an intrepid couple have flown around the world in a tiny home-made plane they spent 16 years building.

Retired British Airways pilot Patrick Elliott and his wife Linda Walker are believed to be the first married couple to have circumnavigated the globe in a home-built aircraft.

They paid £500 for a third-hand manual of instructions and plans for the self-build aeroplane written by leading Nasa engineer Burt Rutan.

He had to sculpt, shape and put together every part of the body by hand, carefully following the complicated directions, many of them hand-written and drawn.

Each part was made with different types of foam, covered in fibre glass to withstand pressures of flying, then sealed in resin. The couple went shopping all over America for the more obscure parts, bringing them home in four suitcases and a ski bag, and had an engine imported from New York.




10-02-2011, 02:28 PM #2
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
Very cool!! hi5.gif what an adventure...
10-02-2011, 02:44 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:30,191 Threads:1,487 Joined:Feb 2011
Wow, that's impressive!!




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