Countdown begins for Vorderman's historic global flight

10th Jun 2013

Mexico, Central America and Africa are all on Carol Vorderman's "must-see" list next year.

They're not providing the celebrity with tailor-made holidays, but are stepping stones as part of a hair-raising round-the-world solo flight.

The Loose Women and former Countdown star will be following in the flightpath footsteps of her aviation heroine, Amelia Earhart.

Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Now Vorderman, 52, will bid to recreate, and complete, the American aviator's daring but doomed 1937 29,000-mile (46,670km) flight around the planet.

But as she ticks each destination off her list, they won't be private journeys.

Vorderman's boyfriend, Graham Duff, a former Red Arrows Squadron Leader, will join her on the expedition in a back-up plane.

Vorderman, now flying at least four times a week with the aim of getting her pilot's licence in August, will be camping overnight in various airfield tents during her global flight.

Chatting animatedly about her heroine, who inexplicably died mid-flight, Vorderman said of the trip: "It's something I've always wanted to do and I've got to the point in life where I just decided to do it."

Cuba, the Sudan, Malaysia and Pakistan will also be destinations that Vorderman will fly over.

< Newer Older >

Tour Spotlight

Aegean Explorer

7 days from USD $1,279

Kicking off in the powerhouse of the Ottoman empire, discover exciting Istanbul, embrace Gallipoli, impressive Roman the...

See full tour itinerary
The On The Go Theatre
Discover the Ngorongoro crater and more on an African Safari