GOOFY Builder, Pilot a Record-Setting Record Setter
March 20, 2008 — Steve Wood, EAA 515839, has received confirmation from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) that he set a total of 29 world speed records in his GlaStar, during the second "four corners" flight around America in 2007. That achievement breaks the record for the most FAI world records ever made in a U.S.-registered homebuilt aircraft, exceeding Bruce Bohannon's 28 achieved in his modified RV-4, the Flying Tiger.
Wood, whose airplane is affectionately known as GOOFY (N-600FY), flew his first four corners flight in 2005 promoting Young Eagles. That feat totaled 10,000 miles in 10 days in which he flew a Young Eagle at each corner of the country; San Diego, California, Bellingham Washington, Bangor Maine, and Key West Florida Wood concluded the flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005.
Wood's second flight, benefiting Flying Scholarships for the Disabled, stretched 10,019 miles in seven flying days (70.6 flying hours), averaging 1,431 miles per day (142 mph average speed). Mechanical problems and bad weather prevented him from attending EAA AirVenture last year.
He also has another 35 world records awaiting FAI ratification, which would give him 64 world records, or second most in the world for world records flown in a homebuilt.
Wood plans to be at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, next month, then in June, he's off to his native United Kingdom to accept the prestigious 2008 Scott-Farnie Award from the Air League Council.
He was unanimously selected to receive the award "for the most meritorious work in the field of air education" as founder of the GreenHawk Trust and for his "very active involvement in Flying for the Disabled." HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh will present the award at St. James' Palace in London on June 4.
Previous honorees include Steve Fossett, Bertrand Piccard, Sir Richard Branson and the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Ed Aldrin and Michael Collins.
For more information about Wood's four corners flights, visit www.fourcornersflight.com.