The atlantic had been crossed by canoe, raft, trimaran and on water-skis -- but now a West German is hoping to top it all by crossing the formidable stretch of water standing on top of an aircraft.
AERIAL VIEW Stuntman Jaromir Wagner standing on wing of aircraft over Iceland.
GV Aircraft landing at airport in Reykjavik with Wagner on top. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL TO GV OF Wagner after plane has stopped.
GV Interview with Wagner and aircraft pilot.
WAGNER:"We are starting with forty knots, you know, and this our very, very best... 'slegt'...not good."
REPORTER:"What was the most difficult thing on the way?"
PILOT:"Take-off from Faroe Island."
PILOT:"Forty knots wind you know, variable you know. And the plane didn't want to go, starting you know, it didn't want to start...was very bad."
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Background: The atlantic had been crossed by canoe, raft, trimaran and on water-skis -- but now a West German is hoping to top it all by crossing the formidable stretch of water standing on top of an aircraft.
SYNOPSIS: Dare-devil Jaromir Wagner is already part of the way towards achieving his record-breaking attempt. On Monday (29 September), he and his pilot arrived in Iceland after a six-hour flight from the Faroe Islands.
The 41-year-old car dealer from Stuttgart plans to make it to New York without once taking refuge inside the cabin of the Britten-Norman Islander aircraft -- despite howling winds and freezing temperatures outside. Herr Wagner set off on his travels from the town of Luetzellinden, near Frankfurt, last Saturday (20 September). From there, he flew to Aberdeen, in Scotland, before continuing to the Faroe Islands and then to Iceland.
Herr Wagner said he flew at altitudes of up to six thousand feet (1,800 metres) during the flight between Scotland and Iceland. He had little protection against driving rain and temperatures dropped as low as minus five degrees Centigrade (23 degrees Fahrenheit). He found it difficult to describe his joy at finally catching sight of the Icelandic town of Reykjavik.
But no sooner he had arrived, he announced that he planned to leave the following day (30 September) for the town of Kulusuk in East Greenland. Herr Wagner told reporters that the forty knot wind provided the greatest test of endurance.