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Carol Vorderman to fly round world solo.

Old 17th Jul 2013, 19:20
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Carol Vorderman to fly round world solo.

Carol Vorderman is planning a round the world solo flight ;

BBC News - Carol Vorderman: 'Why I'm flying solo round the world'


Carol Vorderman is planning to fly around the world solo, following the flight path of doomed aviator Amelia Earhart.
The flight, which is 29,000-miles in length, will include overnight stops in Cuba, Mexico, Sudan, Malaysia and Pakistan.
The television presenter, 52, hopes to complete the trip that Earthart never finished - Amelia mysteriously disappeared whilst flying over the Pacific in 1937.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast, she said, "It's something I've always wanted to do since I was about 12... but back in the day the RAF didn't take women pilots".


I wish her good luck and pleasant WX for her flight. Always found Carol a stunning girl but only just heard that she is a pilot too.

Let's hope that we are able to follow the flight on the internet thingie ;-)

Good luck Carol xxx



p.s. I wonder if she is a member of PPRuNe ?
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 19:57
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Carol Vorderman to fly round world solo.

Bon chance. But...what will she fly the attempt in?
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 20:49
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I think I read recently she is still training for her PPL, though her partner is a Red Arrows pilot so that will no doubt be very helpful, if not only for the planning and logistics of such a long flight which is a far cry from your average QXC.

I believe she is training in a Cirrus, so a glass cockpit with all the automated controls and FIKI is going to make the journey so much more do-able but unless she gets an IR and builds up some considerable experience - I think its very brave, even if she does have a top team behind her (which I presume she will have, and there would no doubt be plenty of people willing to offer a celebrity such help).
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 22:18
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No need for her to fly solo. I will happily fly with her.
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 22:46
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Go on lass! I wish her all the best, the last time I saw her clambering out of an aircraft I'm sure it was a DA40, although I stand to be corrected as I was concentrating on not knocking over the fuel pumps,seeing her wouldn't have sufficed as an excuse I'm sure!!

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Old 18th Jul 2013, 12:36
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Go on lass! I wish her all the best, the last time I saw her clambering out of an aircraft I'm sure it was a DA40, although I stand to be corrected as I was concentrating on not knocking over the fuel pumps,seeing her wouldn't have sufficed as an excuse I'm sure!!
You are probably correct Jim, as she does own a DA40.
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52? Yeah and the rest; it would mean when I watched her interviewing Reg Turnill in Farnborough Tower in about 1977 she would have been about 16.

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Old 18th Jul 2013, 18:28
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52? Yeah and the rest; it would mean when I watched her interviewing Reg Turnill in Farnborough Tower in about 1977 she would have been about 16.
Carol Vorderman was born on the 24 December 1960, so perhaps you're thinking of a different interviewer?
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 10:55
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I wouldnt fancy those overnight stops. They might have been safer in Amelias day.
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 11:40
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She was certainly on a Southern TV (programme called 'How' with Jack Hargreaves and Fred Dineage) late 70s/early 80s.
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She was certainly on a Southern TV (programme called 'How' with Jack Hargreaves and Fred Dineage) late 70s/early 80s.
Carol Vorderman was at Cambridge Uni from 1978 - 1981. She was a co-presenter on 'How 2', but that was 1990 - 1996.
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 12:24
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She was certainly on a Southern TV (programme called 'How' with Jack Hargreaves and Fred Dineage) late 70s/early 80s.
I have no idea who you've mistaken for her, but Wikipedia doesn't mention her being involved on How (How (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Her first TV appearance was on Countdown in November 1982 - the first programme on Channel 4. She was a junior civil engineer before that.

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Old 19th Jul 2013, 17:28
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Da40 that she owns.
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 18:34
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Considering she has not yet flown solo, its rather an ambitious project!
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According to this;

Love is in the air as Carol Vorderman flies to plane show with wingman at her side | Showbiz | News | Daily Express

She does co-own a DA40.

LFB.
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 21:00
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Vorderman certainly owns a DA40 former G-OCCS now registered G-SPTT
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I could see it as a very lucrative television series "around the world with Carol V"
She would be made to look as if she was on her own but no doubt surrounded by a flotilla of camera aircraft in front on the sides and behind

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Considering she has not yet flown solo, its rather an ambitious project!
Could be the longest qualifying cross country on record.

Not much of an achievement though with a support aircraft following you.
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Carol Vorderman to fly round world solo.

I wonder if she needs someone to cycle her flaps and check her compression before she sets off
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Old 20th Jul 2013, 18:18
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I don't get it...are you saying you don't believe it or you're unhappy with it?

I've seen her at Waltham a couple of times in a da40 which I assume is hers. She's fairly wealthy.
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