Wed, Oct 19, 2005
British Record-Setter Plans New Flight In Homebuilt
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,
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
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