Famed British entrepreneur, pilot, explorer, and space tourist George Hamish Livingston Harding, who lived in the United Arab Emirates, founded the Action Group and served as chairman at Action Aviation, a global aircraft brokerage firm with headquarters in Dubai, UAE.
Harding had a long and eventful career, full of significant achievements and exciting experiences.
Harding, a renowned member of The Explorers Club, led multiple expeditions to the South Pole, dove to the Mariana Trench’s depths, and circumnavigated the globe faster than anyone else; his insatiable curiosity led him beyond Earth’s atmosphere as well.
Importantly, Harding led the One More Orbit flight crew and flew the plane from July 9-11, 2019.
This amazing effort smashed the previous record for the fastest airplane to circle the Earth from pole to pole.
Harding and his four traveling companions tragically perished in a submersible explosion in the North Atlantic Ocean on June 18, 2023.
They were going to see where the famed ship, the Titanic, had gone down.
Hamish Harding Cause of Death
OceanGate, Inc.’s Titan took Harding to the site of the Titanic wreckage.
On June 18th, 2023, the Titan suddenly stopped receiving transmissions from the surface ship MV Polar Prince.
The search and rescue operations were aided by the United States, Canada, and France, who all contributed water and air resources.
A field of wreckage was spotted four days later on June 22—just before Harding’s 59th birthday—roughly 490 meters (1,600 ft) from the bow of the Titanic.
During a news briefing, the United States Coast Guard confirmed that the discovered debris was consistent with a pressure hull collapsing catastrophically, leading to an implosion and the terrible loss of all life on board.
Victor Vescovo said, he will miss his fried:
This has been a difficult week for the submersible community. Deep ocean diving is very safe when industry standard certifications and procedures are followed. I will miss my good friends PH Nargeolet, who I worked with closely, and Hamish Harding, my friend in sea and space. pic.twitter.com/T21n48OBmv
— Victor Vescovo (@VictorVescovo) June 23, 2023
These are Hamish Harding’s Greatest Exploits
In 2017, Harding merged with White Desert, a luxury tour company specializing in the Antarctic. They practice landing a Gulfstream G550 on the ice of Wolfs Fang Runway, the first scheduled commercial jet service to Antarctica.
He accompanied Buzz Aldrin to the South Pole. At age 86, Aldrin holds the record as the oldest person to ever climb that pole.
The One More Orbit mission was launched on July 9-11, 2019, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Harding directed a team of almost a hundred people in an effort to beat Gunny’s World Record. Together with Terry Virts, he made history by being the first person to round the globe via both poles. The time elapsed between the following events in a Gulfstream G650ER was 46 hours, 40 minutes.
On June 4, 2022, as part of the Blue Origin NS-21 suborbital mission, the New Shepard rocket carried Harding into space for the sixth time.
To kick off the reintroduction of the Indian government’s Cheetah to India project and the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia (CCF), Harding’s airline Action Aviation supplied a custom Boeing 747-400 aircraft in September 2022.
Research on Indian cheetahs indicates that they disappeared after 1947 (Indian Independence). This conservation effort has been given the moniker “Flag Expedition” by the Explorers Club, and both Harding and CCF founder Laurie Marker will be flying to India while flying the flag.
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