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This autumn, one woman will fly the entire migration route of the Bewick Swan by Paramotor, from the Russian Arctic through 11 countries back to the UK, to highlight the decline of their population.
Welcome to the Flight of the Swans expedition.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is proud to be the official vehicle supplier to Flight of the Swans, an ambitious 7,000km (4,500 miles) voyage to experience the challenges these magnificent animals face.
We’re supporting the project with vehicles fit to face the mammoth journey and tough conditions, the Shogun and the L200 Series 5. The 10 week expedition begins on the Russian Arctic tundra and journeys through 11 different countries, finishing in the UK at The Wildfowl & Wetland Trust’s (WWT’s) UK headquarters in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, the winter home of the Bewick’s swan.Find out more about the vehicles involved
The team are reporting back regularly from their incredible journey across Europe. Stay up to date with their progress with our blog.Flight of the Swans Blog
The Flight of the Swans project is a unique and engaging way to highlight the issues that the swans face. I am particularly keen to engage all cultures and communities along the way, from remote hunting and nomadic reindeer communities in the tundra, to military bases and city inhabitants close to the crucial wetland environments. It is crucial that we have reliable, practical and versatile vehicles to provide us with the ground support that we need.
I am proud to be Vice President of WWT, because it is an organisation that combines excellent public engagement with proactive, practical and often bold conservation. The Flight of the Swans expedition encapsulates WWT’s remit – a remarkable and original way of telling the story of the journey of the Bewick swans, of learning more about them and passing that knowledge on.
This expedition is a marvellously imaginative and adventurous, and a fitting project in WWT’s 70th Anniversary. That swans should fly from Russia, to come here, is surely a kind of parable – we can live in harmony with nature, and it’s up to us to do so.
I am pleased that my organisation – the Transglobe Expedition Trust – is supporting the Flight of the Swans and we have awarded a grant of £7,500. This is somewhat more than was asked for and this is because we felt that Flight of the Swans was especially worthwhile and innovative.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK are providing 2 Shoguns and 3 L200s for the technical and media support crew as they follow Sacha and the swans on their epic migration. Whilst each of the Shoguns and L200s have been equipped to cater for their specific requirements, these vehicles are essentially standard specification and will be tackling some of the world’s toughest terrain.
The brand new L200 Series 5 is built to handle any load and tackle any terrain, packed with innovative technology, the L200 Series 5 is the most capable pick-up truck we’ve ever built.
No matter the conditions the L200’s 4WD system can cope. Whether on mud, snow, rocky terrain or slick tarmac.
Go farther for less. L200 is capable of up to 700 miles ona single tank of fuel and doesn’t sacrifce power for efficiancy.
With a turning radius of just 5.9 metres, the L200 is the most manoeuvrable pick up truck available.
With a total load capacity of 4,090kg, the L200 can carry almost anything you care to carry.