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HONITON: Airplanes needed for world record attempt

Thursday, 27 February 2014


A Dunkeswell-based aviator hopes to set two world records and raise money for charity at the same time.
But to do so, flying instructor Jim Greenshields needs to borrow planes - many planes.
He will try to set two Guinness World Records; to fly the most fixed-wing aircraft solo in one day; and to fly the most tailwheel aircraft solo in one day.
Jim, who will raise money for Make-A-Wish-Foundation UK, said: “The hope is to fly more than 30 aircraft, with each plane flown up to 2,000ft and back, which will mean flying from dawn until dusk.
“At the moment there is no official record for the most [fixed-wing] aircraft flown solo in one day, but there is a record for the most tailwheel [wheel at the back, not the front] aircraft flown in a day - seven.
“I’m aiming at 40 but anything over 30 would be good, but we are totally at the mercy of local owners allowing me to borrow their planes.”
The record attempts at Dunkeswell are pencilled in for Saturday, April 26th, with Saturday, May 3rd being the reserve date in case of bad weather the week before.
Jim has flown more than 80 types of aircraft from vintage biplanes to modern touring and aerobatic aircraft, amassing around 9,000 flying hours in the process.
Make-A-Wish-Foundation UK arranges memorable events/outings for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.
Anyone interested in lending Jim a plane, or sponsoring his attempts, can get in touch by phoning 01404 891 880, e-mailing jimgreenshields@googlemail.com or visiting www.justgiving.com/jim-greenshields.

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