Buzz Aldrin to take part in Camberley charity's record attempt

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By mattcollison | Saturday, September 15, 2012, 08:00

BUZZ Aldrin is coming to Camberley to take part in a flying charity's attempt to enter the record books.

The second man on the moon will join 100 pilots who will fly the equivalent of a trip around the world in a flight simulator in October.

Aerobility, a Camberley group that teaches disabled people how to fly, is staging the record-breaking attempt to fly for 10 days in a Piper PA28 flight simulator, covering 22,000 aeronautical miles.

They are hoping to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest duration simulator flight and raise £100,000 in the process. The money will help Aerobility pay for the simulator, which is used to train disabled people to fly.

An anonymous e-Bay bidder has already paid £3,200 to sit next to the astronaut when he takes part in fundraising event at Blackbushe Airport.

Mr Aldrin said: "This challenge is a great way to help make sure Aerobility can continue to give people with disabilities the opportunity to fly – and set a record while they're doing it.

"Flying has taken me to some incredible places and I`m pleased to get the chance to share that with others – it's a great cause and I`m thrilled to be involved."   

The record attempt takes place between October 5 -15 with Mr Aldrin due to fly his leg on October 8. 

Others taking part are Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, I'm a Celebrity's Joe Pasquale and BA boss Willie Walsh.

Former England rugby player Rory Underwood, world land speed record breaker Andy Green, round-the-world balloon pilot Brian Jones and Red Arrows squadron leader Mike Ling will all be taking part in the fundraiser.

David Rawlins, the disabled pilot who took part in the Paralympic Games' spectacular opening ceremony, will also take part.

Simon Waterfall, Aerobility's volunteer project manager, said: "All of the money raised will be used to help the charity give even more people with disabilities the opportunity to learn to fly, including the funding for the flight-training simulator for the next five years.

"Without this valuable tool, our Paralympic opening ceremony pilot wouldn't have been able to build his hours up as quickly."

The record for the longest flight simulation session was set in November 2007 when 39,848 miles was flown in seven days.



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