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First Iranian-born Pilots to fly around the world

Farhad Rostampour and Arshid Moti-Ghavanin landed shortly after 1 pm, on July 18th 2007, at the Donaldson Jet Center. They flew 34000 miles around the globe, landed in 21 countries and made 43 landings in major international airports.           

 
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Farhad and Arshid became the first Iranian-born pilots to complete a record setting flight around the world in a single engine airplane and the first to start and finish the flight from South Carolina .

The flight around the world was complete as the Freedom Flight taxied to the ramp through two giant streams of water that shot over the taxiway by Donaldson Fire Department rescue engines.


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Photo by Tribune Time


Happy second anniversary of Freedom Flight.June2009
From Farhad & Arshid to All Iranian who want freedom for their country
No to Isamic Iranian Authority.
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Happy third anniversary of Freedom Flight. June 2010
From Farhad & Arshid to All Iranian who want freedom for their country
No to Islamic Iranian Authority


Happy 4th anniversary of Freedom Flight. June 2011
From Farhad & Arshid again to All Iranian who want freedom for their country
  No to Islamic Iranian Authority


Happy 5th anniversary of Freedom Flight. June 2011
From Farhad & Arshid again to All Iranian who want freedom for their country
  No to Islamic Iranian Authority

 

Watch documentary video by Voice of America on the First anniversary of the Freedom Flight 

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Watch 
VOA interview with Farhad Rostampour
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Read article in Greenville News by Farhad Rostampour

See arrival video by Channel News
See arrival
video by Channel 4 News
See video by Owen Riley Jr.

More photos by Tribune-Times.
See More photos by Greenville online 

View Interactive by Greenville online

Round-The-World Flight Ends In Greenville, Channel 4
 News
Around-the-glob Flight by Press TV 

Freedom Flight wings its way home, by Nathanial cary, Greenville News
Pilots Break Record with Flight Around the World ,by Alison Storm Channel 7 News
See Gulf News, by Emmanuelle Landais
Solo flight over Iran by Nathaniel Cary
Listen to interview with Radio Zamaneh from Amsterdam

High flying mission to break the world record



On June of 2007, Farhad Rostampour, a US based pilot and his UK based co-pilot, Arshid Moti-Ghavanin,  attempted a record-breaking around the world flight with a single engine F33TC Bonanza. They are the first Iranians to ever attempt to circle the globe with their aircraft.

Farhad Rostampour was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the United State nearly 29 years ago. He is the CEO of an environmental corporation.  Arshid Moti-Ghavanin was Born in Shiraz, Iran, and moved to the United Kingdom nearly 8 years ago. He is a freelance net marketing director.


This flight made them the first Iranian-American and the first Iranian-British to take this challenging flight, but for Farhad and Arshid, sharing the freedom of the flight with young Iranians and many other Iranian pilots with a passion to fly, was the greatest accomplishment. They attempted to make the global connection of peace, freedom, hope and achievement through aviation.

Farhad and Arshid’s passion for flying goes back to their early childhood. Throughout their journey they were tested for their strength and weaknesses, but they made evrey attempt to overcome the challenges and obsticles facing them during their 46 days of flight around the globe.  They wanted to help young Iranians recognize that they too have alternatives and hope for a better future. 

They carried the book of "Epic of the Kings" (SHAHNAMEH FERDOWSI) in the cockpit of their aircraft. This book was signed by many individuals throughout the international community, regardless of their faith, nationality and political interest.