Polly Vacher M.B.E. - Aviatrix
Polly Mary Anne Vacher was born in Oxfordshire in 1944. A gifted
musician, she qualified as a physiotherapist and worked in the field
She subsequently worked as a music teacher and became involved in fund
raising for the disabled.
Her search for challenges
led her to attempt a tandem skydive to raise money at the age of 45. 245 jumps later she
was hooked on air sports and obtained her private pilots
She moved with her husband
shortly afterwards to Australia. There she promptly flew
him around the circumference of Australia, up the middle to Ayres Rock
and Alice Springs and back across the Simpson Desert. For a newly
qualified pilot this was an extraordinary feat.
They landed on dirt strips in the real outback, and on an island in the
middle of the crocodile-infested Gulf of Carpenteria.
In 1997 she flew solo in a single engine Piper Dakota across the North
Atlantic. Meeting her husband in America , they flew together around the
periphery of the United States and Canada. She then flew back across the
Atlantic solo, losing the lighting on her primary instruments half way.
In 2001 she flew solo around the World in the same Piper Dakota. This
included a sixteen hour crossing from Hawaii to California. Her flights
raised money for disabled flying scholarships.
She was awarded the MBE
for her efforts.
Polly recently attempted to be the first person to
solo circumnavigate the World pole to pole. Flying her Piper Dakota, she
almost made it, but was forced back from the South Pole by bad weather.
She was again raising money for the
Scholarships for the Disabled'.
She is married with three grown up sons.