The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday honored Stafford resident Bill Harrelson with a center aisle presentation for his successful flight around the world. Harrelson was recognized on the floor of the House of Delegates by Delegate Mark Cole (R-Spotsylvania) and presented with a copy of the commending resolution introduced by House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford). Harrelson received a standing ovation from the House for his flight and for setting a world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world in a light aircraft.
“Bill demonstrated incredible skill, courage and endurance throughout his three week journey and it is a privilege to honor him for his remarkable achievement,” said House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford). “Bill set out to do something that very few people can ever say they have accomplished. While most of us get nervous over turbulence in a jumbo jet, Bill faced wind, snow, frigid temperatures and complete darkness in a single-engine aircraft, flying by only his instrument panel. He overcame mechanical failures and other obstacles with just his own expertise, the support of his wife and volunteers at home and the kindness of strangers. Bill exhibited ingenuity, perseverance and a pioneering spirit that deserves to be recognized and commended. It was a pleasure to have him with us today and we wish him the very best of luck on his next adventure.”
Harrelson began his mission on December 28, 2014 in Kinston, North Carolina. He returned three weeks later on January 20, 2015, setting the world-record for fastest circumnavigation in a single-engine light aircraft. His record is pending verification by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland. For more on his trip, click here.