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12th Jan 2009, 07:40
this week a British adventurer will set off from London on an incredible journey through Europe and Africa in a souped-up sand buggy, travelling by road - and air.
With the help of a parachute and a giant fan-motor, Neil Laughton plans to soar over the Pyrenees near Andorra, before taking to the skies again to hop across the 14-km (nine-mile) Straits of Gibraltar.
The ex-SAS officer then aims to fly over the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, above stretches of the Sahara desert and, well, wherever else the road runs out.
From:- BBC NEWS | Africa | By flying car from London to Timbuktu (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7821979.stm)

12th Jan 2009, 08:30
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12th Jan 2009, 09:31
Sounds like fun. But the cynic in me won't be surprised when it all goes horribly wrong somewhere.

I also hope that when they sell these things to the public that they also advise that if you run into traffic you can't simply launch into the skies to hop over it. I can just see someone launch themselves off the M25 in London somewher near Heathrow and causing a major incident:eek:

As for the Neil Laughton guy. I'm always suspicious when I see someone describe themselves as ex SAS. Usually if you are ex SAS you don't publicise it. Turns out it was the TA SAS, laudable enough but not exactly THE SAS. He was also a Royal Marine, a little digging revealed he left because of 'loss of confidence'.Hmm. Some of these 'adventurers' like Bear Grylls seem to thread a thin line between fantasy and reality.

12th Jan 2009, 09:45
If it needs 650ft for a take-off, I doubt you'll ever have that problem on the M25.

12th Jan 2009, 09:51
It's nothing more than an (even more outsize) tandem paraglider. Having packed in paragliding after thirteen years, I know exactly what the problems will be with this thing.

It boils down to two things, the calibre of the pilot & the weather. If the guy flys it within his own and the machine's limits on suitable days, he will be just fine. If on the other hand he is a publicity seeking adventurer then hmm, we'll have to see.

tony draper
12th Jan 2009, 09:55

12th Jan 2009, 10:04
Fun,Fun, Fun, Captain Drapes! :ok:

12th Jan 2009, 12:24
Corsair - Neil Laughton (http://www.cmmol.net/neil_laughton.htm) says " He passed the Commando Course aged 19 but when his father died from cancer, his confidence and concentration left him and he was discharged." Your own words were quite selective.

You've missed out his ascent of Everest, at the second attempt. His first attempt was halted by a storm that killed nine other climbers.

His own website makes it pretty clear he was in SAS(R). I didn't serve with him, but I do know him slightly. You may not be aware that for some time all UK Special Forces (SAS, SAS(R), SBS and SBS(R)) selection has been done centrally, to one standard regardless of regular or reserve.

You may not be aware that the majority of SAS in Afghanistan are reservists. A friend of mine is just back from his third tour there.