A flight with the Abseiling Air NZ Captain

I thought the name sounded familiar when I heard the Captain’s welcome aboard before departing Auckland to skirt around the bottom of Cyclone Wilma – Peter Clulow. Where had I heard that name before…

Then I realised that it was the Air New Zealand Captain that abseiled down a building in London as part of their great “It’s a Kiwi Thing” campaign a couple of years ago.

While the first half hour of the flight was “interesting” thanks to Wilma – from my vantage point sat in 2K, right up in the nose of the mighty 747, it was possible to hear the wind whipping around the airframe – it certainly can’t have been as hair raising as rappelling of the front of a building, which is probably not a bad thing.

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