Why pilot's unicycle record bid is wheely puzzling
A Northern Ireland pilot is set to swap two wings for one wheel in a charity attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of Records next month.
Unicycling across a bridge while frantically trying to solve a Rubik’s cube puzzle may seem like a challenge more suited to a circus clown than a former RAF pilot but Co Down man Adrian Leonard is preparing to give it a go.
The 42-year-old, who is a senior first officer with Virgin Atlantic, will attempt to solve 10 Rubik’s cubes as he rides his unicycle along San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on June 23.
The father-of-three from Hillsborough will fly to the US with an 18-strong cabin crew in a bid to raise funds for the airline’s charity Virgin Unite which builds schools in Africa.
The challenge, labelled “random” by his own standards, will see Adrian unicycle for 20 minutes on the bridge’s mile-long pedestrian walkway.
Accompanying Adrian on foot for the stunt will be co-pilots Captain Bill Perrins, who is originally from Cavehill, and Dromore-born senior first officer Al Megaw.
“One of the guys will walk beside me holding one of the Rubik’s cubes while I complete the other one and then he’ll swap it with me,” said Adrian.
“And my other colleague will walk ahead of us to warn pedestrains that a crazy man on a unicycle is approaching.”
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