Davis Monthan Boneyard & Pima Air and Space

Davis Monthan Boneyard & Pima Air and Space

Today is officially Day 21 of our flight around the perimeter of America. We began our adventure May 20 near Toledo, flying our RV-7 eastbound along the Lake Erie shoreline as close as weather permitted. Then and now, we have focused on “the next leg” only and have not been distracted from the immediate task at hand – safely reaching the next airport. Tonight we’re in Tucson, our last evening in this beautiful city. We considered making Tucson a quick stop but there is so much to see and do here, that was just impossible... Read More »

Meeting Miriam

Meeting Miriam

Tucson: Even before Boyd and I departed on our flight around America, I’ve been looking forward to today. We’re in Tuscon, Arizona and not only does lady taildragger pilot and Spirit Airlines captain Cathy Page live here, so does author Miriam Orr Seymour. Boyd and I read Miriam’s book “The Around The Rim Flight” just days before we departed on our very own rim flight. The book, a very timely gift from Ann Pellegreno and Gia Bradley Koontz, details the flight of a GMB, Glenn Martin Bomber, the first aircraft to cir... Read More »

Day 18: The Quest Continues

Day 18: The Quest Continues

We’re on the move in our RV7, continuing to see the countryside from our vantage point high above. We’re overflying and visiting locations on-or-near the perimeter boundaries of America. Today we flew from Del Rio KDRT to Terlingua 3TE8, Texas. We departed Del Rio in +100 degree temps, purposefully climbing shallow to keep the oil temperature and cylinder head temperatures down. I mention it because the day before we saw our oil temperature shoot to over 220 degrees (in the high yellow) climbing out of Laredo – OAT was 104 deg... Read More »

It’s a Good Life in Texas!

It’s a Good Life in Texas!

Tonight, incredibly, Boyd and I find ourselves at the halfway point of our journey around the perimeter of America. Since arriving in Texas, the realization of how enormous it is has set in. We’ve flown from Beaumont in the far eastern Gulf of Texas to Houston, to Brownsville, to Laredo, to Del Rio – and that’s where we’ve settled for the night. We’ve flown low and we’ve flown high, staying under cloud layers at times and climbing to escape the bumps and the ridiculously high temperatures other times. We̵... Read More »

Our Around the Rim flight arrives in Texas!

Our Around the Rim flight arrives in Texas!

Our progress westward continues. The last 48 hours we’ve covered ground and water between Venice, Florida and Beaumont, Texas. That’s much of the western coast of Florida, the panhandle, a tiny bit of Alabama and Louisiana, and across the line into the enormous state of Texas. And message to anyone thinking of a similar flight – you gotta LOVE your flying partner to fly 9,000 miles sardine style! Read More »

Florida Keys —- check!

Florida Keys —- check!

Our U.S. perimeter flight continues and, for the last 36 hours, we’ve slowly been making our way around the long, narrow peninsula known as Florida. Boyd and I both agree, our flight has been a complete joy and, even though we’re less than a third of the way ’round, I’m already dreading it ending. We’ve passed through 17 states so far, but the BIG ones still lie ahead – Texas & California. As of today we’ve overflown Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode I... Read More »

Rachel Scarbrough     (Texas)

Rachel Scarbrough (Texas)

Rachel Scarbrough is based at KAUS, Austin-Bergstrom Airport, Austin, Texas. I am a director of a competitive gymnastics team in Austin, TX. I have been coaching for over 10 years, and was a gymnast myself. I competed for the USA at the World Championships in 2001, and also qualified to the Olympic Trials in 2000. I just recently discovered my love for flying! I started working towards my private pilot’s license in February, and can’t wait to get it. After starting my flight lessons, I discovered that my grandma was actually a pilot... Read More »

Happy Holladay ….  Aviation!

Happy Holladay …. Aviation!

I am thrilled to report that we’re finally on the move again! On our VFR flight around the perimeter, after 5 days of being weathered-in in Norfolk,  Virginia, we gave in and filed IFR yesterday. KPHF was a great place to hang out for a few days but we’d seen the sights and the time had come to get on with it.  Here’s our route of choice and I’m happy to report, we got the job done! Yesterday morning, ceilings at KPHF were below minimum for a VFR departure and the sky soupy.  Our RV7 had been sitting outside in on-and-of... Read More »

Airport Restaurants Rock!

Airport Restaurants Rock!

Within the first 8 days of our USA perimeter flight, tropical storm Alberto kicked our butts and played havoc with the entire Eastern Seaboard. Low ceilings and rain showers have firmly planted our RV-7 on the tarmac at Newport News/Williamsburg Airport for 5 days. All that free time has left Boyd and I doing the unheard of – exploring local airports by CAR!  We were happily surprised at yesterday’s visit to KJGG, Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, Williamsburg, Virginia. The FBO building hosts Charly’s Airport Restaurant, favore... Read More »

The Mystery of the Hidden “Heads” of State

The Mystery of the Hidden “Heads” of State

Our little three-some (Boyd, me and our RV7) are still weathered-in in the Norfolk, Virginia area. We’ve put hundreds of miles on our rental car and have done enough sightseeing to qualify for tour guides ourselves. Today we decided to break rank with the ordinary and hunt down something truly extraordinary. Did you know there are 43 giant busts of U.S. presidents hidden away in a field in Virginia? Neither did I until I searched ‘obscure things about Williamsburg’! Virginia’s Presidents Park, formerly an open-air park t... Read More »

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