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Wed, Oct 19, 2005

Steve Wood's Excellent Adventure

British Record-Setter Plans New Flight In Homebuilt Aircraft

Steve Wood, the first British pilot to fly around the four corners of America in a homebuilt aircraft, plans a record setting solo round the world flight promoting British American trade, travel, culture and the Royal International Air Tattoo supported charity Flying Scholarships for the Disabled.

No British pilot has flown around the world in a homebuilt airplane, and Wood aims to join an elite group as only 10 pilots of other nationalities have flown homebuilt aircraft around the world in the 102 years since the Wright Brothers first flight.

A member of the British American Business Council and the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, Wood will be promoting Britain as he travels the world. During Wood’s attempt to establish a new FAI round the world flight record from New York to New York, British American links will be promoted at 12 US cities which have BABC chapters.

Adventure of Flight -- Wood's world flight program -- also aims to raise $1 million for Flying Scholarships for the Disabled.

Wood is following in the flight path of Polly Vacher MBE, the record setting aviatrix and Wood's mentor, who has flown two fund raising world flights for FSD.

It took Wood seven years to build his "Spirit of Endeavour." The name honors the memory of fellow Yorkshireman Capt. James Cook, the world's greatest navigator, and his famous ship Endeavour.

Amongst young and old alike, Wood's airplane is also affectionately known as "Goofy" from its unique registration, N-600FY.

Wood wants to encourage British American business support for the flight and has advertising space available on Spirit of Endeavour, the world flight airplane and on the Adventure of Flight web site.

FMI: http://adventureofflight.org

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