Cambridge to Sydney by Helicopter


Martin Rutty and Tim Gilbert, founders of couriers Speed Services in St Ives flew 22000km from Cambridge to Sydney in an unmodified Robinson R44 helicopter. This is a single piston-engined helicopter with a maximum fuel range of around 330 nautical miles (650km). They took about 150 hours flying, 60 fuel stops and 6 weeks to complete the epic journey. It is believed to be the first time such a flight has been made.

The trip was in support of the children's charity "SOS Children's Villages", which provides care for orphaned, abandoned and destitute children.

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