Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin was one of several famous pilots and aviation names ‘flying’ for UK disabled flying charity Aerobility in a simulated round-the-world flight challenge in October. In this video he answers questions on his aviation hero, the differences between flying a Piper PA-28 and a Lunar Module, and why humans need to make an all-out effort to walk on Mars.
On 8 October Blackbushe Airport in the UK saw a very special visitor – astronaut and Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin who was there to ‘fly’ three simulated legs as part of disabled charity Aerobility’s Global Flight Simulation Challenge 2012 – an attempt to break the current Guiness world record. The event, which began on 5 October has seen a round-the world flight divided into several legs to be flown in Aerobility’s PA-28 simulator, which the charity is aiming to buy outright and support it from funds raised during the challenge.
The charity had already seen other pilots, including IAG CEO Willie Walsh, Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Stephen Dalton RAF, but perhaps none that were as famous or had travelled so far as Dr Aldrin. His flight legs took him over Indonesia, and after his ‘flight’ he sat down to answer a few questions to the assembled media.
Watch the video below!
Aerobility’s Global Flight Simulator Challenge is set to end on Sunday, so there is still time to donate!
And if you want to know why these celebrities and famous pilots donated their time for Aerobility, check out this inspiring story of Nathan Doidge, who escapes the restrictions of his wheelchair in the air.