Countdown and Loose Women star Carol Vorderman made aviation history by completing her debut flight in Gloucestershire yesterday, while she was live on television.
Vorderman is training to fly around the world solo – in homage to pilot Amelia Earhart, the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mathematician Vorderman will study for around 18 months, in a bid to be the fastest person to progress from first solo flight to first global solo flight.
Luckily, her partner Graham Duff is a former Red Arrows pilot, and he’s been showing her the ropes. She’s also taking lessons at Staverton Flying School in Gloucester.
“I’m so excited, I’m going to tell everyone in the supermarket,” joked the down-to-earth presenter on ITV’s This Morning.
“This is just the very, very beginning of a year to 18 months when I’m going to fly solo around the world following Amelia Earhart’s route,” she explained to the BBC.
The 29,000 mile round-the-world flight will include pit stops in Malaysia, Mexico, Cuba, Sudan and Pakistan.
Sadly, Vorderman’s idol Amelia Earhart never finished her epic flight. In 1937, she was last recorded flying over the Pacific Ocean.
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