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Expedition Global Eagle (starts Sunday, 25th April 2004)
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A Nottingham man is part of a team hoping to circumnavigate the globe in one of James Bond's gadgets.
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Expedition Global Eagle has taken two years to plan.

The aircraft used in the attempt to circumnavigate the globe is a Magni Gyro two-seat autogyro.

The Expedition Global Eagle team are raising funds for the Dyslexia Institute, the U.K.’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the American Red Cross’ September 11th fund.

Barry Jones, an Army Lynx pilot with more than 2,000 military flying hours, is dyslexic, as are two of his three sons. Dyslexia is a learning disability caused by the brain not recognizing words or letters in the order in which they are written.

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The autogyro is the only aircraft never to circumnavigate the globe. But now a team of soldiers are bidding to do just that and make a piece of aviation history.

One of the team, Lance Corporal Wayne Wright, from Daybrook in Nottinghamshire, is the team's telecommunications technician.

His job will be to keep one step ahead of the pilot (Barry Jones). He'll check with the airports to see if Barry can land, whether he can refuel and check they've got permission to go through each country's airspace.

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Remember Sean Connery's gadget Little Nellie in the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice? Well, Little Nellie, otherwise known as an autogyro, is a little plane that looks like a helicopter crossed with a motorscooter!
Asked why they are attempting the record Wayne says: "Because we can. Last year we celebrated 100 years of aviation - we'd like to mark it by making aviation history."

And how did he get involved? "I was in the right place at the right time. Mr Jones, the pilot, was already on the team preparing it and they needed extra manpower."

The record attempt - known as Expedition Global Eagle - has been two years in the planning.

The route will take the flying scooter through 25 countries and is expected to take four months as the aircraft cannot fly for long periods of time without stopping.

Members of the British Army Air Corps’ 672 Squadron, 9 Regiment will see off WO2 Barry Jones on Sunday, 25th April 2004.

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