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Amateur pilot wins Guinness World Record for amazing 100 flat spins turning 36,000 degrees

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 November 2017

Leonid Kulesh's dizzying achievement wins world acclaim - even if he is not appreciated by local police.

Leonid Kulesh's dizzying achievement won world acclaim. Picture: Leonid Kulesh

The 50 year old architect and sculptor from Chita climbed in his Dragonfly light aircraft to 2,500 metres before starting his 100 flat spins, a stunt captured on video as shown here.

The average fall was 10 metres a second, and his mean rotation was 180 degrees a second. 

Pilot Leonid came out of the fall at 500 metres, and then did some pirouettes in the sky before landing and celebrating with his team.

The flight was in August 2014 - but has taken three years to be recognised by the international records organisation.

Amateur pilot wins Guinness World Record for amazing 100 flat spins


Amateur pilot wins Guinness World Record for amazing 100 flat spins


Amateur pilot wins Guinness World Record for amazing 100 flat spins


Amateur pilot wins Guinness World Record for amazing 100 flat spins
The flight was in August 2014 - but has taken three years to be recognised by the international records organisation. Pictures: Leonid Kulesh


A letter to him reads: 'Dear Leonid Kulesh, We are thrilled to inform you that your application for Most flat spins in an aircraft has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder!'

Earlier he was included in the Russian Book of Records. 

After the jump, the well-known local man faced problems with police. 

Undercover police posed a flying enthusiasts and asked him to take them on a flight. 

He did so and performed a 'dead loop'.

Amateur pilot wins Guinness World Record for amazing 100 flat spins


Amateur pilot wins Guinness World Record for amazing 100 flat spins
Leonid Kulesh pictured after completing 100 flat spins. Pictures: Leonid Kulesh


After the sting  he was successfully prosecuted for not having a valid pilot certificate for flying with passengers, and not having passed a medical-flight expert commission.

His plane was found not to have a certificate of airworthiness, which resulted in  a ban on its operations.

Leonid protested the prosecution but was fined 20,000 roubles - around $350.

WATCH HIM SPIN 


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