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Old 01-08-2022, 01:22 PM
jbDC9 jbDC9 is offline
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Default 500 airports.

I'll admit it; I'm a geek.

Over the last 15 years and 1875 hours of flying my RV-8, I've been on a sort of unofficial quest to cover the Lower 48 states of the US and to land at as many different airports as I can. After puttering around N Texas and a bit of Oklahoma yesterday, my RV airport count hit 500... not that it's a big milestone or anything, but I thought it to be kinda cool. As far as my 48 state quest, I've missed Nevada completely and I still need to get down to southern Florida just to fill out the map, but, I have 47 states in the bag. Alaska? Someday, perhaps... Russia? Nah!!

I'm thinking I need to do another west coast trip sometime this year and I can finally bag a Nevada landing, then a run up the CA coast and hit the PNW again. There are just so many funky and cool airports to see out there... and the big Class B/C airports? Nah, that's just miles and miles of concrete, there's just no challenge to it.

Anyone else keeping track? Let's see what you got! My map is posted below; strictly RV landings. If I included all my flying over the last 36 years I'm somewhere north of 800 airports, but the RV stuff is just more fun.

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Old 01-08-2022, 01:36 PM
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I just checked my log (MyFlightbook) and I知 at 301. A long way to catch you - kudos!
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Old 01-08-2022, 02:08 PM
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That痴 awesome! Time for a Sin City trip!
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Old 01-08-2022, 06:21 PM
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Well heck John, we’re in Nevada……
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Old 01-08-2022, 06:30 PM
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Come up to Canada and I'll show you some interesting airports.
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Old 01-08-2022, 07:25 PM
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Great idea John to count places thanks! Did you count only paved fields or unimproved/off airport RV landings as well? What map do you use to compile them?
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Old 01-08-2022, 09:04 PM
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Default I think we need a pool

Maybe a buck a piece with half going to Doug Rreves.

Now that Vlad is about to check in I知 going for 1745. Who else wants in the vansairforce pool for total airports Vlad has. I知 counting all airports and if Vlad landed there it must be an airport.
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Old 01-08-2022, 09:50 PM
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When you come to Nevada go to LAS, park at Atlantic, and get the photo of the Strip behind your plane. It will only cost you 15 GAL of $8 100LL.
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Old 01-08-2022, 10:31 PM
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I知 impressed. One of my goals when I bought my RV-8 in 2019 was to land at all the airports in my home state of Mississippi. I figured that would be a great way to practice for longer cross country flights and different types of airports (okay, none are more than 400 or so feet MSL). I致e made it to about 60 so far with 19 or so to go. I知 having knee surgery next week so it will be a few months before I can start on those remaining airports, but I still plan to fly to each one. Of course, the flight to and from AirVenture 2021 was a lot of fun, even with the four week delay on the return trip due to mag issues.

Thanks for sharing your trips.
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Old 01-08-2022, 10:45 PM
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It is pretty easy to set up a google map with what ever you want to track.

Here is where I've been.
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