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First flight over Everest commemorated

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 00:57

April 3 - The grandson of the Scottish chief pilot who completed the first flight over Mount Everest flies over the world's highest peak 80 years later. Tara Cleary reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL April the 3rd, 1933 - British pilot Douglas Douglas-Hamilton prepares to lead the first flight over Mount Everest. The expedition aimed to enhance British aviation and produce accurate maps of the then largely unexplored area. Eighty years later, Douglas-Hamilton's grandson, Charles, commemorates that journey over the world's highest peak - this time as a passenger. SOUNDBITE: Charles Douglas-Hamilton, grandson of pilot Douglas Douglas-Hamilton who completed the first flight over Mount Everest, saying (English): "The area was poorly understood. And other than a few birds and maybe some wild animals, no human beings have been in the area, the maps were inaccurate, so this was really a scientific expedition." Aviation has been significantly transformed since Douglas-Hamilton's historic flight and Charles hopes to fly his grandfather's original route for the centenary celebrations in 2033.

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First flight over Everest commemorated

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 00:57