Jennifer Murray

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Jennifer Murray
BornJune 1940
Known forFirst helicopter circumnavigation of the globe by a woman
Spouse(s)Simon Murray
Children3

Jennifer Murray (born June 1940 in Providence, Rhode Island) circumnavigated the globe aboard a Robinson R44 helicopter the distance of 36,000 miles in 97 days in 2000, earning her the Guinness World Record for the first helicopter circumnavigation by a woman.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee 2005
  • The Gambia issued a postage stamp in her honour in 2004
  • Royal Aero Club - 1997 Silver Medal, 2000 Britannia Trophy
  • Brabazon Cup
  • Harmon Trophy
  • Inducted in Forest of Friendship

Fastest circumnavigation[edit]

In August 1997, she flew around the world with Quentin Smith in her Robinson R44, setting a speed record.[1] On 6 September 2000, Murray became the first woman to make a solo flight around the world in a helicopter. The journey took 97 days.[2][3]

Pole to pole[edit]

In 2007, Murray successfully co-piloted a helicopter circumnavigation of the Earth by the north and south poles with pilot Colin Bodill.[4][5] Their first attempt, in 2003, ended in a near fatal crash in Antarctica.[6][7]

Racing The Planet Nepal[edit]

At 71, Jennifer was an entrant for Racing the Planet Nepal, a 250 km Ultramarathon starting on 20 November 2011. However, she withdrew after stage two.[8]

Family[edit]

She is the daughter of Sir William Mather, the British industrialist who was chairman of Mather & Platt.[9]

She married prominent Hong Kong businessman Simon Murray in 1965.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FAI Record ID #3891 - Speed around the world, eastbound. Class E-1c (Helicopters: take off weight 1000 to 1750 kg), piston Archived 2016-12-20 at the Wayback Machine." Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 20 September 2014.
  2. ^ AROUND THE WORLD IN 99 DAYS
  3. ^ "FAI Record ID #6703 - Speed around the world, eastbound females. Class E-1 (Helicopters), piston Archived 2015-01-05 at the Wayback Machine." Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 20 September 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/05/24/ngranny24.xml Grandmother of five sets aviation record
  5. ^ "FAI Record ID #14671 - Speed around the world over both the Earth's poles. Class E1 Helicopters, turbine" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 20 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
  7. ^ "FAI Record ID #8286 - Speed over a recognised course, New York, NY (USA) - South Pole. Class E-1d (Helicopters: take off weight 1750 to 3000 kg), turbine Archived 2016-06-10 at the Wayback Machine." Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 20 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Himalayan challenge left tough competitor stricken | Ross-shire Journal | News". Ross-shire Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  9. ^ Fiona MacCarthy Last Curtsey p370

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