As many regular followers will be aware, Norman and "Roxy" were held up in Japan (the 18th country) FOR 3 YEARS! From July 2011 until September 2014 the whole GGG team waited patiently for the Russian Federation to finally allow this officially sanctioned FAI World Record attempt to continue, so that the flight could be permitted to cross the Russian Far East to reach Alaska and beyond. It is a circumnavigation flight that ideally should have taken only 4 months to complete and yet now it's taking 5 years... In the main, that lengthy delay can be focused directly onto the (in)action of one particular Russian Government Agency, whose officials consistently have shown a reluctance to engage and identify with the international spirit of basic human endeavour that this sort of World Record flight embraces. It is a spirit that has been both celebrated and demonstrated in abundance by the aviation communities in all of the other en route countries so far.
As the years rolled on the wait became intollerable and with events surrounding Russian diplomacy towards the rest of the world seemingly going backwards during 2014, the inevitable unfortunate decision reluctantly had to be made to completely by-pass the Russian section and carry on without them.
Norman has often said "the red tape of officialdom makes the actual flying of the aircraft feel like the most easy aspect of this journey..." quite something to say when you consider the aircraft is "open cockpit", only 5 metres long and has no Autopilot or Co-Pilot to assist with the workload....
And so it was, late last year, that Roxy had to be put in a container and shipped across the Pacific from Japan to the West Coast of America...the story can now, at long last, continue.
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