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Adventurer James Ketchell circumnavigates the world in gyrocopter – The Times, Thetimes.co.uk

Adventurer James Ketchell circumnavigates the world in gyrocopter – The Times, Thetimes.co.uk


James Ketchell over New York and, left, celebrating at Popham yesterday. His feat is “probably the last aviation record”ANDREW MATTHEWS / PA

Before James Ketchell set out to be the first person to circumnavigate the world in a gyrocopter there was no shortage of people telling him he would fail. Smashing into a mountain, plunging into the Atlantic Ocean or becoming stranded in the Siberian wilderness were just three of the options.

 

As he flew over 400 nautical miles of chill waters between Greenland and Iceland he began to believe that they might have been right.

 

“I knew full well there was nowhere to land,” he toldThe Times. “The winds were shifting and the estimated time was starting to go up. I thought, I’m going to be running low on fuel. [The gyrocopter’s range is 600 miles]. I had a banging headache – I think it was…

 

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