New Zealand pilots plan to fly over the Rocky Mountains in a wooden plane
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New Zealand pilots plan to fly over the Rocky Mountains in a wooden plane

Auckland : New Zealand | May 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM PDT
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49-year old George Richards is a pilot of Auckland and has planned to fly over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in a wooden-frame 2-seater Falco aircraft which he has built on his own in his garage.

He had started work on it in 1994 and took the first flight in 2002 – since then, he has traversed the length and breadth of New Zealand in his yellow plane umpteen number of times and now wants to conquer the skies of USA.

George Richards has selected the Rocky Mountains for his mission and has already shipped his aircraft to Los Angeles.

Only – he would have to fly at an altitude of not more than 10,000 feet because any higher altitude would involve more oxygen.

He would be joined by Darryn Morgan, an Air New Zealand pilot.

This has been reported in nzherald.co.nz dated the 28th of May 2012.

The Falco is of Italian origin and but production was stopped because of shortage of necessary wood and also because it was a labor intensive activity.

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