Chinese pilot flying around the world stops in Xi'an

16:07, July 11, 2011      

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The first-ever Chinese citizen to fly a private plane around the world stopped in Xi'an, capital of the northwestern Shaanxi Province Monday and received a warm welcome.

Chen Wei, a Chinese citizen living in the United States, landed at Neifu Airport, a general aviation airport at an industrial base in Yanliang in the suburbs of Xi'an Monday morning.

"I wish to share the joy and inspiration of the flight with my countrymen," Chen told the crowd who welcomed him at the airport.

Chen, born in Changsha, capital of the central Hunan Province in 1971, is founder and chief executive of Memphis-based Sunshine Enterprise, an importer of Chinese scaffolding and hoists.

His dream for a round-the-world flight began two years ago, spurred by the facts that more than 100 individuals from 28 countries had taken the challenge but none was Chinese.

He spent over 1 million U.S. dollars on a French made Socata TBM-700 single engine turboprop and applied for visas and official clearance for the flight from every country and region along the route.

Chen's flight began in Memphis on May 22 and will cover more than 40 cities in 21 countries and regions. The planned 40,000 km voyage will take about 10 weeks.

Before he arrived in Xi'an, Chen landed in his hometown. He will also stop in Beijing and Harbin.
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Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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