LONDON, JULY 3 -- Since American Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1927, daredevils have dreamed up many strange ways of trying to cross the ocean.
The Guinness Book of World Records lists more than 30 methods of crossing the 3,000-mile ocean, including solo sailing, solo rowing and surfing on a sailboard.
More eccentric means have included standing on top of an aircraft and crossing on a car. An Eskimo even paddled a kayak part of the way, from Greenland to England, in 1613.
In more recent times, French doctor Alan Bombard crossed the Atlantic on a raft without supplies, just to prove it was possible.
Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl spent 57 days sailing the Atlantic on a raft made out of papyrus in 1970, while Timothy Severin, an Oxford historian, crossed on a craft made of 40 ox hides in an effort to prove that 7th-century Irish monks could have sailed to the New World in their seagoing curraghs 900 years before Christopher Columbus and 500 years before the Vikings.
In 1978, Italian explorer Giorgio Amoretti, who once crossed the Sahara on a kite, tried to cross the ocean on top of a Volkswagen Beetle car with a homemade sail.
In September 1980, West German car dealer Jaromir Wagner flew across the Atlantic standing on top of a twin-engined De Havilland Islander, fastened behind the cockpit with wires and straps.
The same month, defending the British reputation for eccentricity, Britons embarked in a factory boiler powered by a truck's diesel engine.
Another Briton, Eric Peters, spent about 47 days sitting in a barrel propelled by sails.
In 1951, an amphibious Jeep crossed the ocean as part of a round-the-world trip for which it won the Guinness record for "amphibious vehicle circumnavigation."
The first effort to make the crossing in a hot-air balloon was in 1873, but until today all attempts ended in failure. At least seven balloonists have died in attempted crossings.
Experts claimed a hot-air crossing was impossible because the fuel needed to stay aloft would mean too much extra weight.