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101 FAI World Records / 377 British National Records - see Stop Press

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Top Gun in Just a Year!

Setting 77 world records in 2007 - the most ever set in a single year - has made Steve Wood a ‘Top Gun’ pilot in more ways than one.

Flying in formation, just like the Red Arrows, is something Steve does regularly, the smoke trail from his airplane, Spirit of Endeavour, adds to the fun as does the airplane’s registration N-600FY, which looks just like ‘GOOFY’

But it’s in setting aviation world records that Steve  is Top Gun!

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Steve has set a massive total of 101 solo international FAI World Speed  Records - 77 of these in a single year - a record in itself. With 101 World Records officially ratified Steve is:

  • No. 1 in the World for the most aviation world records set by a British pilot in aviation history, in any type of flying machine - 101 records
  • No. 1 in the World for the number of world records set by a pilot of any nationality flying a homebuilt aircraft (records complying with the FAI 2008 Sporting Code rules which provided for a minimum record speed of 100 km/h or the stall speed of the aircraft if higher) - 101 records
  • No. 1 in the World for world records set to / from The Bahamas - 64 records
  • No. 1 in the UK for the most aeroplane world records ever set in a single year - 77 records
  • No. 1 in the World for the most world records ever set in a US registered homebuilt aircraft - 101 records
  • The first British pilot to fly a homebuilt aircraft around the ‘four corners’ of the USA - 3 times!
  • No other British pilot in aviation history has set as many records in any type of flying machine - 101 FAI World Records and 377 British National Records

Steve has also smashed a 56 year old record for the most FAI aeroplane world records set by a British pilot in a single year. The previous record of 27 records was set by T W Hayhow in 1952, flying an Auster Aiglet. Even the legendary Sheila Scott set only 23 world records in a single year  back in 1967, so Steve’s 77 world records set in a single year beats this by a huge margin!

More detailed information is available on the ‘Records’ page.

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