Brit Flies Microlight Over Everest
A British pilot has succeeded in flying a microlight towing a hang-glider over the summit of Everest, and yes there were people on the summit at the time...
Posted: 26 May 2004
A British pilot has become the first person to fly over Everest in
Interviewed by BBC Five Live yesterday, Richard Meredith-Hardy, a
46 year-old Old Etonian, began by pointing out that he was towing a
hang-glider behind him as he flew towards the mountain from the
Syangboche airstrip some 20 miles from the mountain.
He described seeing approximately five climbers on the summit,
which he circled while exchanging waves. When asked if the climbers
might have expected to see a microlight on the mountain, he responded
that he thought it was 'unlikely' to be the case.
Asked about highlights, he described the experience of rounding
the shoulder of Nuptse to see the huge South West Face of Everest
spread out in front of him and said it made him realise the huge
scale of the mountain.
According to the Belfast
Telegraph, this was Meredith-Hardy's second attempt, the first
had to be abandoned after a toe line broke. The pilot of the hang
glider was named as Italian Angelo D'Arrigo who descended to Lobuche
For more information, see the project's home page 'Over
Everest'. There are some photos from the flight here.
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