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Father and Son Plan World Flight in Homebuilt for Cancer Awareness

Stephan and Charlie Armstrong
Stephan and Charlie Armstrong want to fly around the world next year in their RV-8.

April 21, 2011 — Stephan Armstrong, EAA 1054024, and his 12-year-old son, Charlie, will attempt to fly their RV-8 around the world next year to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. Called “Flying for the Cure,” the two plan a spring 2012 departure in SEE WORLD I, the aircraft they spent the past six years building, from Borrego Valley Airport near their hometown of Julian, California.

“Flying for the Cure” will go the North Atlantic route, from the East Coast to Canada, Greenland, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Japan, Russia, Alaska, and then back to Southern California.

“We’ve always wanted to fly around the world in a small plane,” said Armstrong, who earned his private ticket in 1978. “Our goal is not to break records or foolishly risk life and limb. Our message is simple: You don’t have to be a movie star or a millionaire in order to make a difference.”

The inspiration for Flying for the Cure is the Armstrong family’s long and personal involvement in the fight against cancer. Stephan’s wife and Charlie’s mother, Laura, who lost her father to pancreatic cancer, is the founder and administrative director of Chemo Angels, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with cancer.

Armstrong, a caretaker and apple farmer in Julian, says the flight will stretch over at least three months, hitting five continents, 29 countries, and 96 cities and covering a total distance of more than 35,000 miles.

Stephan and Charlie will visit as many cities and organize as many media events as possible to raise awareness for the cure. For Charlie, who is homeschooled, the trip also serves as part of his education. The plan is to see as many sights, attractions, and museums to provide a practical cultural, historical, geographical, and geological learning experience.

Learn more about the ambitious effort here.

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