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Norman's heroic journey worth place in aviation history

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 12/08/2015

Larne man Norman Surplus' round-the-world flight in a tiny gyrocopter is an astonishing feat that should see him ranked alongside great Ulster aviation pioneers like Harry Ferguson and Lilian Bland who designed, built and flew their own aircraft here over 100 years ago.

His epic journey, undertaken to raise awareness of bowel cancer, has taken him five years. He faced immense physical challenges and also restrictive red-tape, but he had already won his major battle - against the cancer that threatened his life 12 years ago.

Norman is a self-effacing hero who deserves to have his exploits written large.

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