They said it couldn’t be done – and it almost wasn’t!
Twenty-past-five on Sunday afternoon, 4 September 2016: an unpainted but nonetheless attractive light aircraft joined the tail-end of the queue of departing aircraft from Sywell, the last stragglers heading for home after a truly fun weekend at the Rally. Lining
up on 21 hard, with the remnants of a tricky crosswind from the right that had taunted pilots all day, the aircraft climbed purposely into the air and carried out two circuits before making a textbook landing. The Sling 4 had flown! Seven days earlier it had been hundreds of individual components and thousands of rivets in a pile of wooden crates that had been shipped all the way from South Africa.
The seven-day Build a Sling Challenge had been achieved …