To call Richard Meredith-Hardy a microlight pilot wouldn’t do him justice. He’s the only person to have flown a microlight over Mount Everest. Amongst plenty of other achievements he’s also flown from London to Sydney and from London to Cape Town.
The journey will see him lead seven disabled service personnel as they fly microlight aircraft to the South Pole. This is something that nobody has ever attempted.
This week the team has taken delivery of their first modified training microlight. When Richard gets his new aircraft, he’ll take it to Sweden where they’ll do cold weather testing.
Richard’s been flying for about 30 years. He says he got into microlighting when he saw a friend flying one. Once he’d had a go, he was hooked!
He says after all his adventures around the world, Hertfordshire is still a great place to fly.
You can find out more about Richard here.
The expedition is now scheduled for December 2014 because of the amount of planning involved. It will be officially launched in London on Tuesday 22nd January.