British adventurer tackles microlight world record
It seems that men and their magnificent flying machines still exist.
A British adventurer is attempting to break a world record by flying from England to South Africa in a microlight plane in what is being dubbed as the Flight of Ikarus challenge.
For those who don't know, Icarus is the legendary (as in mythical not epic) son of a Greek craftsman who ignored his father’s instructions and flew too close to the sun and ended up in the drink, in what's now called the Icarian Sea.
Together with co-pilot Richard Bird (yes, that’s his real name), 35-year-old Richard Foster has already made it to Cape Town – via Egypt, Ethiopia and the Sudan to refuel (surely, all three stops can be counted as a daring adventure on their own?).
The duo are taking on the challenge to raise money for Oxfam and you can follow their return journey on Facebook here.
A Uk website, the Staffordshire Newsletter, reports that this is Foster’s second world record attempt. He previously flew to Greece in a microlight, “setting a new British World Record flying 20,047 ft in a microlight but missed out on the World record, which is 25,000ft.
Which leaves us here at DirtyMan wondering, what’s a British World Record (we thought that there were only British records) and if there is such a thing, can we have a New Zealand world record in that case?
If you’re planning to spend too much time close to the sun, like Ikarus, Bird and Foster, we suggest you try our manly DirtyMan Men’s moisturiser with SPF 30 - and no aluminium added like in the other ones.