Derby pilots set new world record during Diamond Jubilee weekend

The light aircraft travelled over three and half thousand kilometres to set a new world record
The light aircraft travelled over three and half thousand kilometres Photo: Jonathan Mitchell and David Jones

Whilst most of us were out celebrating the Diamond Jubilee this weekend, two pilots from Derby Aero Club were breaking a new world record.

David Jones, 32, from Tutbury and 51-year-old Jonathan Mitchell, from Longford near Ashbourne, set a new world record for the circumnavigation of the UK in a light aircraft.

Dawn near the start line, with the Mersey in the background
Dawn near the start line, with the Mersey in the background Credit: Jonathan Mitchell and David Jones

Their time of 13 hours and 32 minutes was just shy of an hour faster than the previous record, set last year.

Starting at Derby Airfield, they covered over three and half thousand kilometres, despite the poor weather.

The view of John O'Groats
The view of John O'Groats Credit: Jonathan Mitchell and David Jones

The pair raised over £2,500 for aviation charity Fly2Help, which helps people dealing with a trauma and tragedy, offering the experience of flight.

And provides support to young people through aerospace-based educational programmes.

From left to right, world record holders Jonathan Mitchell and David Jones
From left to right, world record holders Jonathan Mitchell and David Jones Credit: Jonathan Mitchell and David Jones

The claim will now be ratified by the Royal Aero Racing Club and the World Air Sports Federation.