Pole-to-pole aviators come full circle

Two British-based pilots completed a record-breaking helicopter journey to both the North Pole and the South Pole on Wednesday, touching down at the Texas airport they left more than five months ago.

“We made it, we’re here, we did it!,” said a visibly emotional Jennifer Murray, 66, after she and co-pilot Colin Bodill landed their cherry-red helicopter at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, where a crowd of about 120 greeted them. “We had tough times and we’ve had great times,” she said.

Their 171-day expedition was one of the last great unaccomplished feats of aviation. They flew 32,206 nautical miles through 26 countries and made 101 fuel stops en route.

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