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Annapurna High 2000
Czech Ultralight Expedition

ultralight flight over the 8,091 meter high Annapurna peak

ivoprop.gif (6663 bytes)   Expedition is sponzored by IVOPROP Documentary Movie
We are working on 50 min. DOCUMENTARY MOVIE about flying in Himalaya. Anybody interested in distribution contact us on  annapurnahigh@hotmail.com, please. Movie will be finished in June 2001.
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Expedition History


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A new world record was set by Czech Ultralight Expedition on Friday, September 29th, 2000 at 7:40 a.m. local time in the Himalayas, near Pokhara, Nepal. After 12 years of preparations and experiments, including an unsuccessful attempt to fly over the highest peak on Earth - Mount Everest (8,848 meters) in 1993, pilot Jan Bém, leader of the Czech Ultralight Expedition, succeeded in flying over the Annapurna I peak with the ultralight he modified himself, powered by a special turbocharged engine. The weather was good, there was a westerly wind 90 km per hour above the peak at 8,400 meters above sea level, temperature minus 35 degrees Celsius. The peak was reached 45 minutes after takeoff from Pokhara airport.

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View of the Annapurna mountain range. Annapurna I can be seen on the far left. Mount. St. Machhapuchu can be seen on the right, under the wing of the ultralight.
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Pilot and expedition leader Jan Bém immediately after the record-breaking flight, frosty and exhilarated.
Mapa se záznamem trati letu
Map with flight path

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Written by Patrik Sainer, translation by Alesh Houdek
Annapurna High 2000 Expedition, e-mail: annapurnahigh@hotmail.com
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