Gyrocopter pilot Norman Surplus lands in Larne to complete globetrotting journey
Northern Ireland adventurer Norman Surplus, who has made a record flight around the world in gyrocopter, has arrived home in Larne.
The cancer survivor made a brief visit to the Western Isles as part of 7,500-mile (12,070 km) journey.
After spending the summer island-hopping the North Atlantic, Mr Surplus, from County Antrim, had flown from Faroe Islands to Stornoway on Lewis.
Six-and-a-half years of planning, flying and bureaucratic wrangling have now culminated with Norman flying from Oban to Larne.
A statement posted on his Facebook page: "We are very happy to announce that Norman and Roxy have arrived safely at Sandy Bay Playing fields in Larne, the same fields that Norman took off from in March 2010.
"His 5 year adventure is finally completed...everyone who knows Norman or has been involved with or has followed this flight are feeling that they have witnessed a historical event that has culminated in a successful touchdown in front of his family and friends of his home town a few minutes ago. Congratulations Norman...Well done 'Roxy'...Job Well Done."
Mr Surplus (52) set off from Belfast in 2010 as part of efforts to raise awareness and money for cancer charities. Now he has visions of recreating the famous scene from Apocalypse Now as he covers the final miles.
"Let's say it's a triumphant cause for our gyro community to celebrate, not necessarily for my own achievement but for the whole aircraft type in general," he said.
"To be able to have a large number of brightly coloured gyros flying in loose formation together would be a spectacular sight. If only the weather can behave and make it all possible."
While his Atlantic crossing is a record of sorts, the refusal of Russian spooks in the FSB intelligence agency to allow him transit from Vladivostok to the Bering Sea and on into Alaska has left it bitter sweet.
Norman leaving Vagar
Today's Flight Update: Norman is nearing Stornaway after a quicker crossing than was expected. Our contact at Stornaway is ready to capture the moment as Roxy touches down on UK soil for the first time in more than 5 years.A change of plans has had to be made as the original gyro muster station of Ghiga Island has been declared waterlogged so the gyro formation is now moving to Oban and Norman will be informed on his arrival at Stornaway.We have a short video of Norman taxying Roxy out from the apron at Vagar, Faroe Islands, this morning. Thank you's go to Paetur Rasmussen for getting this to us so quickly. Peter was Norman's host during his stay in the Faroes.Track his flight here...http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0ft5ixJKpvl36j7EUyzbvXy7mnyRRfSNDPosted by GyroxGoesGlobal on Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Despite that, Mr Surplus picked up nine records during his journey, another nine are on the cards and he is bidding to be recognised in the UK for a round the world trip, albeit with mitigating factors.