In retirement, they realized an old dream
• In retirement, they realized a long-standing dream of
Elderly couple landed in 43 airports in 23 countries and has flown 52,188 kilometers over 160 days of travel, which they have done on the plane handwritten assembly.
"From time to time there are stressful moments, but overall we had a lot of fun. We visited many new places and met wonderful people "- Sylvia said.
Sylvia and Brian spent two years trying to construct a flying machine. The plane rose into the sky from Port Alfred, South Africa. During the trip the couple visited Tanzania, Iceland, the US, New Zealand, Seychelles, and even hometown Sylvia - Norwich in England.
"I can not believe we did it. Sometimes we wake up in the morning and say: "We circled halfway around the world. We really could, "It's unbelievable," - Sylvia shared.
Sylvia and Brian began to prepare for the trip in 2014, and in 2015 married.
"At first we were going to buy a plane in America and go back to South Africa. And then we thought, that we can do to make a tour around the world. The plane, which we would like, we have not found, so we decided to build it yourself. "
The pair has designed four-seater with an engine capacity of 260 liters. from. Brian worked on it all day. "For Brian it was a real job. He worked seven days a week from 8 am to 6 pm. I also participated, though not so much. We have finished work on the aircraft in October 2016, but it took several more months to get the documents. We had previously made several plans for further action depending on when we finish with the aircraft. "
The first flight of a couple made May 31, 2017 from Port Alfred to the mountain Pilanesberg. And then the duration of trips varied from 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro to Arusha in Tanzania to a 14-hour flight from Merced, CA to Honolulu, Hawaii.
"We visited 43 airports in 23 countries and made 52 flights for 160 days."
The unforgettable story happened with a couple at the airport in Auckland, New Zealand.
"A big airplane waiting for the team to take off, and then the dispatcher said," you can skip this small plane forward, "and the jumbo jet was waiting for us?".
November 6 Sylvia and Brian landed in Port-Alfred, and their journey came to an end.
"It was nice to come back home. Friends tried to find out from us, when we fly back. We are waiting for a crowd of people. We will never forget it. "