7 JUNE 2021


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Article from BTNews 7 JUNE 2021

(a real) AND FINALLY

Michael Bartlett,  “The mad monk”, the Guinness World Record Holder for flying around the world on scheduled flights,  has finally flown in his 151st type of aircraft. 

It was supposed to coincide with his 80th birthday 14 October last year, cancelled due to bad weather and the lockdown.

Last Thursday 3 June from the Shuttleworth Collection airfield in Bedfordshire Stuart Goldspink invited Brother Michael aboard his Mudry Cap N4238C. The flight was over and around Bedford, Cardington, Sandy and Tempsford giving Michael a clear view of his own home and local area.

The travel industry in many ways is “upside down”.  So was Michael for a few seconds.

“What fun it was to be flying only 1,800 feet above sea level, at 150 miles per hour”, said Michael, “And in a fully aerobatic aircraft too!”.

The occasion was organised for him by a Local County Councillor, Caroline Maudlin.

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Mike Pitman, Jersey

Well done him but my own records show that, including sub-types, I have flown in at least 157 types in a lietime of flying.