Race on for former Lochaber man to land in every state

Diabetic pilot in bid to break US flights record

By ken jones

Published: 13/07/2010

A former RAF flier who was grounded in 1989 after being diagnosed with diabetes has set off on an attempt to rewrite the record books.

Douglas Cairns, whose parents live in Lochaber, intends landing in all 50 American states within 13 days, 22 hours and 23 minutes, half the existing time, in a 9,000-mile trip.

But, above all, the 47-year-old former Lochaber High School pupil aims to demonstrate that diabetes is no obstacle to flying or many other pursuits.

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