Carol Vorderman is swapping the Loose Women studio for the skies as she plans to fly solo around the world.
The presenter, 52, will attempt to recreate American flier Amelia Earhart’s 1937 flight around the globe in a 29,000-mile adventure next year.
According to the Daily Mirror, Carol’s boyfriend, former Red Arrows Squadron Leader Graham Duff, will join her in a support aircraft.
The former Countdown host told the newspaper: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve got to the point in life where I just decided to do it.”
Carol, who started learning to fly during a trip to California last summer, said: “It has been my dream for decades and If I don’t do it now, I never will. I’m totally obsessed with flying. I just love the freedom and the buzz…”
Amelia’s plane disappeared over the Pacific and she was declared dead in 1939, aged 41.
Carol, who plans to reduce her days on Loose Women to work around the trip, admitted: “The Pacific more or less covers half the world so there are some legs where I’ll have to stay awake for 20 hours or more. It will be tough.”
Carol, who is preparing for the trip by flying four times a week, came up with the idea for her trip after she broke her nose, saying: “I couldn’t go to work for four weeks so we flew an awful lot and the bug just really, really bit.”
An ITV spokeswoman said: “Carol is a great Loose Woman and we look forward to supporting her on her forthcoming challenge.”