Eppo Numan piloted a transatlantic flight on an ultralight airplane. He departed in June 1989 from Netherlands, in the Eppo Windmaster (basically a lightweight hang glider with an 80-horsepower motor) although there were many delays he finally landed in New York, NY, USA, in August 1990. Numans reason for the flight was to publicize concern for the world’s environment.
Dutch Artist and Restaurateur
- Flying Dutchman Eppo Numan Defies Red Tape and Danger to Make the First Ultralight Flight Across the Atlantic
The 49-year-old Dutchman, an artist and restaurateur by trade, was delighted with the flight: When he touched down in North America. Numan became the first person to fly an ultralight aircraft—basically, a glorified hang glider with an 80-hp motor—across the Atlantic.
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Ferry pilots warned him about flying against the prevailing winds. The four and a half year long preparations were spiked by sheer unbearable setbacks and multiple delays, and the Danes steadfastly refused him permission to fly through their air-space.