British adventurers reach the Pacific Ocean after flying through Russia in James Bond-style GYROCOPTERS
Two British adventurers have successfully crossed Russia into open cockpit gyrocopters in James Bond style.
James Ketchell and Norman Surplus reached the Pacific Ocean about nine weeks after they left on their 4000-mile journey as part of their global effort.
The couple was stranded for a few days in the world's coldest city, Yakutsk, in Siberia, waiting for a window to fly safely east when the weather was good.
The view from the open top gyrocopter on the way to Tomtor in the Far East – their journey to the east lasted nine weeks
Norman Surplus is pictured next to his yellow gyrocopter at Tomtor airport – their last pit stop before reaching Magadan on the Pacific coast
The British gyrocopter pilots in the Yakutia area in the Russian northeast
James Ketchell, 37, and Norman Surplus, 56, made the colossal James Bond-style journey in open-topped gyrocopters, braving wind, rain, and freezing air
But after a grueling two-stage flight, they reached the gloomy city of Magadan this week – once a transport point for guilty prisoners – next to the Sea of Okhotsk on the Russian Pacific coastline.
Pilot Ketchell, 37, born in Basingstoke, who raises money for charity, posted: & # 39; That was a tough day … flying great however, it reached to Magadan … woohoo! & # 39;
After leaving Yakutsk, the couple each controlling their own gyrocopter made a stopover at Tomtor, close to Oymyakon, & # 39; the world's coldest permanently inhabited settlement.
They had delayed this 800-mile journey awaiting a clear sky before crossing the Suntar-Khayata and Chersky hill ridges, some of the most remote areas on Earth.
Surplus scrambles aboard his gyrocopter while the couple prepares to take off from a Russian runway
Ketchell and Surplus at Tomtor are preparing for their 800-mile distance to their final destination
Ketchell prepares to go back to his gyrocopter after a pit stop at a Russian airport
Refueling in Tomtor – the gyrocopters travel up to 80 mph with a maximum range of 800 miles
The pair was able to view & # 39; the world's largest country with a unique perspective, as seen with this view of a frozen lake on its way to Tomtor
Surplus, 56, had warned about the & # 39; volatility of the weather systems & # 39; in the east of Siberia.
Despite reaching the Pacific Ocean, the couple is now faced with even longer flights over Northeast Russia before crossing the Bering Strait to Alaska.
Gyrocopters travel up to 80 mph with a maximum range of 800 miles before refueling.
Rainfall splashes the windshield of the gyrocopter while the couple makes the 800-mile journey to Magadan
After arriving in Magadan, the couple packed their gyrocopters – they will then head northeast
Ketchell and Surplus in Magadan, they now hope to take their plane to the northeast where they want to cross Bering Street to Alaska
A view of the Rotax engine for the propeller aircraft capapble to reach speeds of 80 mph
The serial adventurer Ketchell already rowed the Atlantic, climbed Mount Everest and cycled around the world.
When he crossed Russia, he gave lectures to school children during the trip.
In 2015, Surplus from Northern Ireland tried to travel the world in his gyrocopter, but failed because Russia refused him permission to travel from Vladivostok to the Bering Sea and on to Alaska.
& # 39; This time the two are using a different route and are more hopeful of success, & # 39; reported The Siberian Times.
The British gyrocopter pilots in Yakutia perform maintenance and checks on their aircraft
After touching in Magadan, Ketchell collects money for the Kindled Spirit that helps young victims of human trafficking
Regional TV channels in Russia followed the couple when they crossed the largest country in the world.
One video showed that they arrived earlier in Novosibirsk, the unofficial capital of Siberia.
Ketchell raises money for the Kindled Spirit, supports and rehabilitates young victims of human trafficking and slavery, and Over The Wall, which organizes residential activity camps for children with serious health issues. & # 39;
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