Speed with Guy Martin

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Speed with Guy Martin

Series 3 - Episode 2



Guy’s task this time: to cross the channel in a pedal-powered airship. An inventor/engineer Guy instantly dubs “the mad Frenchman” has devised a brilliantly whimsical-looking device that allows human-powered flight via what is effectively a bicycle turning two large propellers instead of wheels, all suspended under a balloon the size of a bus.

It’s tremendous watching Guy get to grips with its idiosyncrasies in a vast hangar: apart from anything else this must be the slowest he has ever willingly travelled. But becoming the first person to pilot such a craft across the Channel will require, as a colleague puts it, “some bottle” – and some decent weather, too.


Guy tries to cross the English Channel on a human-powered airship. His transport takes the form of a bicycle held aloft by a helium balloon the size of a bus, with the pedals driving two propellers. He puts the machine to the test in Bedfordshire's historic Cardington Hangars, where some of the world's biggest flying machines were created, and seeks some military advice on surviving crash landings.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Guy Martin
Director James Woodroffe
Executive Producer Ewan Keil
Executive Producer Steve Gowans
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