Blind man in aerobatic world record

Britain's fastest blind driver has succeeded in a new challenge after the aerobatics team he was leading set a world record for the most consecutive number of formation loops.

Mike Newman took the controls of one of The Blades aircraft for the first of the record-setting 26 loops before his co-pilot Myles Garland took over.

They were joined by three other Blades at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire.

The record is the latest for thrill-seeking Mr Newman and puts him on the way to holding an air, land and water record.

Mr Newman had held the multiple World Blind Land Speed Record for a blind rider/driver, but he lost the crown last year when Turkish driver Metin Senturk broke his record by driving a Ferrari F430 unaccompanied at 182mph.

Mr Newman is already planning to regain the crown by driving a supercar at more than 200mph. He is also planning to try to beat the current Blind Water Speed Record of 99.19mph using a Silverline F1 Powerboat.

The Blades Aerobatic Team are a civilian aerobatic team made up of former Red Arrows pilots. The team works closely with the RAF Association Wings Appeal, which supports RAF service personnel.

Mr Newman said: "It was brilliant, I could have happily stayed up there until tea time. We usually do our records on the ground but this was such a different experience and a wonderful experience.

"It was great to fly with this prestigious group of pilots who are raising money for a very worthy cause."

The record will go to the Guinness Book of Records after being ratified by the Federation Aeronatuique Internationale (FAI).