West German car dealer, Jaromir Wagner made history on Monday (6 October) by crossing the Atlantic on top of an aeroplane.
GV Jaromir Wagner on top of aircraft over Goose Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
GV Helicopter ghosting Wagner's plane
GV Wagner moving position on plane
CU & GV Wagner and his plane coming in to land (2 shots)
NARDINI: "Jaromir Wagner appeared in full control and at ease despite an outside air temperature of five degrees, coupled with a steady seven knot headwind. The cold didn't seem to be affecting him however and he appeared quite cheered at seeing our helicopter approach, probably sensing that Goose Bay was near.
"Secured to the aircraft by straps at the shoulders and waist, Wagner attempted to move as little as possible, but was forced to change position occasionally to relieve aching muscles. Later the pilot informed us that each of Wagner's movements drastically affected the plane's control.
"Seeing the runway, Wagner steadied himself, the plane made a smooth landing and his effort became history. He will rest tonight in Goose Bay then climb back atop his plane tomorrow morning to continue on toward Hi???nal destination of New York. In Goose Bay, this is Chip Nardini."
SPORT: STUNT FLYING
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Background: West German car dealer, Jaromir Wagner made history on Monday (6 October) by crossing the Atlantic on top of an aeroplane. Wagner, who is 41, touched down in the town of Goose Bay, Labrador, after a chilling eight-hour flight from Greenland. Perched on top of the aircraft, just behind the cockpit, Wagner was fastened with wires and straps allowing only minimum movement. After landing, he said aching muscles from the strain of bracing against the wind and a constant battle against the cold were major problems during the 680-mile (1,000 kilometre) flight. This report from newsman Chip Nardini, of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.