Somerset pilot completes upside down flight across the Channel

Hosie fully inverted

Hosie fully inverted - Credit: Archant

Will Hosie was upside down for 11 minutes and 30 seconds and has raised £3,700 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Hosie with an oversized cheque

Hosie with an oversized cheque - Credit: Archant

Somerset-based pilot Will Hosie has completed an inverted flight across the English Channel in support of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Hosie in his plane

Hosie in his plane - Credit: Archant

After his original flight on April 7 was cancelled due to poor weather, Hosie, firmly secured in his seat with a ratchet strap, set off from Lydd Airport in Kent on Monday April 16.

Hosie inverted

Hosie inverted - Credit: Archant

Due to a tail wind he completed the upside down trip from the French side back to Lydd.

Will Hosie holds his certificate of completion

Will Hosie holds his certificate of completion - Credit: Archant

After covering 22 nms in 11 minutes and 30 seconds at 1,000 ft above the sea in his Christen Eagle II aerobatic biplane, Hosie was welcomed back to Lydd by a dozen supporters and the media.

Now back on firmer ground, Hosie celebrated raising £3,700 by enjoying a cup of tea with a couple paracetamol to take away the headache.

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