Autogyro pilots flying high after Guinness record bid at Old Warden aerodrome

Pilots from all over the UK gathered for the record attempt last Friday. Pic: Ivor Linington

Pilots from all over the UK gathered for the record attempt last Friday. Pic: Ivor Linington - Credit: Archant

A daring group of autogyro pilots hope they have flown into the record books after an ambitious Guinness World Record attempt at the weekend.

Pic: Ivor Linington

Pic: Ivor Linington - Credit: Archant

Despite the gusty conditions, the British Rotocraft Association managed to get 47 autogyro pilots from all over the UK to land at the Old Warden Aerodrome near Biggleswade on Friday and are now gathering evidence to submit to Guinness World Records for the largest number of autogyros ever to land in one place at the same time.

47 autogyros landed at the Old Warden aerodrome for the record attempt
Ivor Linington

47 autogyros landed at the Old Warden aerodrome for the record attempt Ivor Linington - Credit: Archant

Coordinator Steve Paffett, who comes from Letchworth, said the day was a great success for the sport.

An autogyro on the grass at Old Warden aerodrome as part of the record attempt.
Pic: Ivor Liningto

An autogyro on the grass at Old Warden aerodrome as part of the record attempt. Pic: Ivor Linington - Credit: Archant

“It will certainly be a national record, and hopefully a world record,” he said.

A pilot touching down at the Old Warden airfield. Pic: Ivor Linington

A pilot touching down at the Old Warden airfield. Pic: Ivor Linington - Credit: Archant

“It was absolutely awesome. We had pilots from as far away as Ireland, Liverpool and Yorkshire.

“It ticks all the boxes as a way of getting people together,” he said.

Steve said he has already booked the event for next year and is planning for a whole weekend rather than just a day.

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