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flying in New York


Round the World by microlight
In 1998, two men set off to fly a microlight around the world; 120 days later, one man came back in it. Global Flyer, by Brian Milton, is the story of the first round the world flight by microlight.

He and a friend of 20 years, Keith Reynolds, set out to race their little aircraft around the world in 80 days, chasing the ghost of Phileas Fogg. They were buzzed ten times by a Mig-21 jet fighter trying to get out of Syria.

In the Saudi Desert, the engine "blew up" seven times, discharging all their cooling fluid. They twice landed in the dark, and then changed their engine, which still blew up. It was only by rigging a Heath Robinson cooling system that they were able to get away.

They crossed India plagued by a heat-wave, and 800 miles of jungle-covered mountains in Burma, Laos and Vietnam. China held them up, then Japan, and then - for 26 days - the Russian authorities. Keith had to fly by airliner to Alaska while a Russian navigator took his place, but Keith lost heart in Anchorage and went home. This left Brian to fly on alone, finishing with the first solo west-east crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by microlight, where for three hours he was in a place "beyond fear".

A paperback edition, with no pictures, can be ordered direct from Brian by sending a cheque for 14 (payable to Brian Milton) to 2 Cyprus Street, London E2 0NN