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HONITON: Jim’s flying high with world record

Thursday, 15 May 2014

JIM Greenshields looks set to have flown his way into the Guinness Book of World Records by piloting 43 different planes in one day

JIM Greenshields looks set to have flown his way into the Guinness Book of World Records by piloting 43 different planes in one day


Aviator and flying instructor Jim Greenshields went up and down like a yo-yo when he, in all likelihood, set a Guinness World Record at Dunkeswell on May 3rd. Jim Greenshields ?ew 43 aeroplanes solo from Dunkeswell Aerodrome to an altitude of 2,000ft and back to set the record, which is subject to confirmation from Guinness. He did so to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation UK, which arranges memorable events and outings for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. Starting at 5:30am, it took him 13 hours to complete the attempt. He is very grateful to his sponsors and said: “I would like to thank all the aircraft owners who donated their planes for the day, and particularly the ground crew without whose help it could not have been done. “The aircraft ranged from a vintage Tiger Moth biplane, WWII spotter planes and a WWI ?ghter replica to modern fast glass?bre aircraft. “We could have ?own more but we simply ran out of aeroplanes, so maybe next year?” Jim, from Dunkeswell, didn't have to beat a set number of flights as nobody has attempted this kind of record before. He explained: “It’s the first time anyone has done it as far as we know and as far as Guinness are concerned, so we have set the record.” Jim is still fundraising, and donations can be made online at www. justgiving.com/jim-greenshields

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