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January 17, 1998: British pilot sets microlight flight record

Colin Bodill, 45, from Nottingham, smashed the existing record by 10 days

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Bodill, with his ultralight plane 'Spirit of Diana' receives congratulations over the phone from British Prime Minister Tony Blair shortly after arriving at a Sydney airport.
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1998 - A daredevil British pilot was flying high after completing a record-breaking 49-day 12,000-mile microlight flight to Australia and raising thousands of pounds for charity. Colin Bodill, 45, from Nottingham, smashed the existing record by 10 days. His epic flight from London to Sydney, in a microlight named “The Spirit of Diana”, has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Princess’s memorial fund. Support team member Marie Oldham said Colin arrived safely in Sydney at 2.15am UK time and was celebrating his achievement. The eventful journey began on November 30 when he set off from London’s city airport, and during the ensuing 49 days experienced a variety of adventures. He was arrested by French police who wrongly alleged he had failed to notify them he was landing at Nice Airport.

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