EXPEDITION TIME
STAY UPDATED | NEWS ALERTS | YOU REPORT | ADVERTISE
  REGISTER!
 
   
Art Mortvedt and Douglas Cairns in Fairbanks, Alaska, earlier this year.
courtesy Douglas Cairns, SOURCE
Douglas Cairns route.
courtesy Douglas Cairns, SOURCE
Denali, from the Beech Baron cockpit during a training flight earlier the year in Alaska.
courtesy Douglas Cairns, SOURCE

Diabetic pilot, Douglas Cairns, flies to the North Pole

Posted: Apr 20, 2011 11:30 am EDT

SUBSCRIBER CONTENT PREVIEW
FOR FULL STORY: LOGIN OR SUBSCRIBE NOW - UP TO 3 MONTHS FREE

(By Correne Coetzer) A diabetic and former British Royal Air Force jet pilot, Douglas Cairns, flew from Barrow, Alaska, to the Magnetic and Geographic North Poles in a light twin-engine, piston powered aircraft. After circling the North Pole, flying through all the degrees of longitude in two minutes, Cairns pointed the Beech Baron B58 towards Barneo and landed on ice runway. Cairns has lost a full-time flying career to diabetes in 1989, and aims to show that diabetes need not limit the scope of people's dreams and...

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING