Small Plane, Big Ocean
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean is a challenge for any light aircraft, but for something weighing in at less than some passengers, it's nothing short of astonishing. A model aircraft called The Spirit of Butt's Farm conquered the Pond last weekend, departing Cape Spear, Newfoundland, on Saturday, landing on the west coast of Ireland Monday morning, and setting a world distance record. The distance covered was reported as 1,888 miles (3,040 km), more than triple the previous record of 531 miles (855 km). The aircraft, which cruised over the waves at around 55 miles per hour, gave the flight team a scare for a few hours on Sunday after some of its tracking signal was lost. Things eventually returned to normal as the airplane neared the Irish coast.