Brian’s Blog

Meeting the Queen-for the 2nd Time

Brian Milton met the Queen for the first time in 1985 when she presented him with an award for his services to the sport of Hang-Gliding.

Brian was invited to Buckingham Palace for the second time on December 8, 2011, as one of Britain’s ‘explorers and adventurers’ to mark the centenary of Scott of the Antarctic’s last fatal expedition. Here is his account of that day. Continue reading “Meeting the Queen-for the 2nd Time”

Chasing Ghosts: Excerpt

Chasing Ghosts

 Origins of the Atlantic Attempt

I was down in a small old house I have in France in August 1999, struggling to put together a novel and keeping half an eye out for two microlight pilots, Mike Blythe and Olivier Aubert, endeavouring to fly around the Pacific Rim. I had been the first man to fly a microlight around the world, completing the journey the previous year. Now I was following the attempt at a similar journey, in terms of distance covered, by two very experienced pilots. Continue reading “Chasing Ghosts: Excerpt”

Flying Blind

Flying a microlight to Australia with the blind adventurer, Miles Hilton-Barber.

In 2007, with just 12 hours notice, Brian was asked to accompany blind pilot Miles Hilton-Barber for the first section of his London to Australia microlight flight attempt.

Brian successfully flew Miles to Cyprus, before handing over to Richard Meredith-Hardy for the long-haul to Australia.

In 2009, all three pilots were awarded the Royal Aero Club’s Norton-Griffiths Trophy for this flight.