A flight of 3 RV's departed Vans Aircraft this morning with a tyical NW Oregon gray overcast and light winds. The Teen Flight RV-12, the Red factory RV-12 demo, and the RV-1 were Oshkosh bound! Heading east, we took the only available route out of the Portland area, which was the Columbia River Gorge. It was quite scenic flying the gorge at a couple of thousand feet looking DOWN on all of those waterfalls along the way. Once we popped out at Hood River, we were treated to bright sun and clear skies.
Next stop was Grangeville ID (KGIC) where we stopped, fueled and took at break.
Departing GIC we next had to climb out over the Bitteroot Range of the Rockies. Big mountains and lots of rocks! After we topped out at 11.5, the ride was smooth and cool.
I had a chance to get some good shots of Aric Krause and Scott McDaniels in the Teenflight RV-12...
Now heading for Townsend MT and a planned BBQ at 8U8, arranged by Hydroguy2 (Brain Carroll). We were running a little late but it all worked out. Brian and his crew threw a great little reception and BBQ for the escort and ONE pilots. Many thanks again to these folks for feeding the crew!
Left to right: Sterling Langrell, Brian Carroll, Joe Blank, Aric Krause, Scott McDaniels.
One last leg over to Billings MT (KBIL)... All airplanes in hangers for the night. This puts us in great shape for tomorrows run to Hettinger ND, Aberdeen SD, and over to Airlake to visit Stein and crew. See you there!