A British daredevil has just earned the reputation as the first pilot to travel the globe on a gyrocopter. The 6 month trip came to a harrowing conclusion as he scarcely escaped a lighting strike.
The pilot who outran lightening is James Ketchell. He traveled 24,000 nautical miles on his tiny aircraft. And if you aren’t familiar with gyroscopes you should know the cockpit is exposed to the elements.
After his narrow lightening dodge he landed at an airport in Hampshire, England to a crowd of cheering fans.
Ketchell’s aircraft is only capable of a 700 nautical mile range and its speed is rated at just 70 knots, so his trip had to be completed in several parts. His path took him first to Europe’s mainland and through Russia before he fly through Canada and the United States. He then proceeded to Greenland and Iceland. Ketchell’s final stop as in the Faroe Islands which is just north of Scotland.