Microlight hero Brian Milton meets Queen on Scott Antarctic centenary

Adventurer Brian Milton was one of the explorers invited to Buckingham Palace for the centenary of Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.

The 69-year-old broadcaster from Bethnal Green—famous for the first round-the-world flight in a microlight aircraft—was among VIPs meeting the Queen earlier this month who included descendants of those who died with Captain Scott from starvation and frostbite returning from the Pole in March, 1912.

The reception was one of a series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated British Antarctic expedition.

Brian Milton came to fame as an adventurer piloting a microlight in 1987 from London to Sydney in 59 days, the longest flight in history.

It included an emergency landing in the Persian Gulf on Christmas Day—right in the middle of the Iran-Iraq war. The little craft is now on permanent exhibition at Sydney airport.


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Brian holds the Seagrave Trophy, joining pioneering names such as Sir Malcolm Campbell, Amy Johnson and Jackie Stewart.

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