Dick Smith landed in Norilsk in 1989
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Dick Smith landed in Norilsk in 1989

July 16, 2020

He was the first in the world to make a solo flight in a personal helicopter around the Earth.

Richard Harold Smith, or Dick Smith, is known not only for his multi-million dollar companies, social, political, cultural initiatives, but also for his aviation records. The 1982 flight, which lasted for 11 months and finished in Sydney, was registered as the longest ever.

Seven years later, in 1989, millionaire aviator flew along the meridian over the North and South Poles, landing at both. Judging by the date, the Australian landed on the Norilsk land during that flight. Perhaps for refueling.

In total, Dick Smith made five trips around the world, including the one by car. As a car traveler, he visited St. Petersburg, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.

Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

July 16, 2020

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