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Global Flyer: Around the World in 80 Flying Days by [Milton, Brian]

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In 1998, Brian Milton set off with Keith Reynolds from England to fly a flimsy open-cockpit microlight around the world in 80 days; 120 days later, Brian returned alone.
The flight aboard the GT Global Flyer retraced the route taken by Phileas Fogg and his manservant Passepartout in Jules Verne’s classic story published 125 years earlier.
In effect a hang glider with a motorbike slung underneath, the GT Global Flyer was lightest-ever such aircraft to attempt the hazardous journey.
Brian and Keith flew across Europe, the Middle East, India, Vietnam, and China to far-east Russia. There they were held up for 18 days and Keith opted to go home. Brian flew across Siberia with a Russian navigator in the back, and then alone from Nome, Alaska, through Canada and the USA via San Francisco and New York. He then achieved the first west-east crossing of the Atlantic by microlight.
Global Flyer is Brian’s account of this incredible trip, and of the setbacks and dangers he had to overcome. These ranged from engine failures and atrocious weather to being harassed by a big black Syrian MiG-21 fighter, as well as dealing with numerous bureaucratic obstacles.
This is a story of courage in the face of adversity, of a constant battle against time and the elements, and betrayals that even Phileas Fogg did not have to contend with.
Brian’s flight won him the British Royal Aero Club’s Britannia Trophy, the Club’s highest award. He also gained the prestigious Segrave Trophy, once won by Amy Johnson. A Microlight Odyssey, the story of Brian’s flight, was broadcast in four half-hour programs on National Geographic TV.

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  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars An ok book for flying nerds
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