Round-The-World Pilot Lands In Antarctica
British pilot Polly Vacher landed her single-engine Piper Dakota in Antarctica on Monday, about halfway through her solo flight circling the globe via both poles. Vacher, 59, left Scotland in May, headed north across the pole, then flew across Alaska, North America and South America en route to the Antarctic peninsula. She plans to fly to McMurdo research station sometime this week, then return home via New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe, finishing up next March. The trip is raising money for World Wings, an English aviation organization that provides flight training to the disabled. In 2001, Vacher flew around the world, raising $317,600 for the group.