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The Paramotor Challenge Update

On the 1 August 2022, RAF Regiment Squadron Leader Tim Taylor, Flight Lieutenant Michael O’Hara and RAF Police Flight Lieutenant Andrew Whisker set off to fly the coastline of Britain in Paramotors. Hoping to be the first to complete this incredible feat their journey has been blighted with many problems which has resulted in them not being able to fly around Scotland.

The Team L-R Flt Lt Mike O’Hara, Flt Lt Andrew Whisker, Sqn Ldr Tim TaylorThe team have battled strong winds, thunder storms, mechanical issues and even a trip to A&E and despite the willingness and determination of the team to push on with the Paramotor Challenge, it is simply not achievable. The realisation of this has not been easy to accept.

“It’s stretched both Pilot and machine, flying in less than ideal conditions over long distances. All the things our motto, and the spirit of the RAF is about. Special thanks goes to our support team and members of various stations who have helped, often at short notice and always going beyond what was expected.”

Team Leader Squadron Leader Tim Taylor 

Setting Off on Day 1

To date they have completed 1107 miles of the 3200 mile trip and they still intend to complete the England and Wales segment with a view to returning to Scotland in the not too distant future. Until then you can keep up to date on the @raf_rators Instagram feed.

Chasing the Pilot – Flt Lt Mike O’Hara flying over the south coast.

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