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Old 09-23-2012, 11:25 PM
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Default The Cross Country of Justice

RVators like to do a lot of things--use their speed to fly long distances and see things, fly formation, do aerobatics, land at challenging strips, and just enjoy flying. I've flown plenty of cross countries, but always wanted to do something bigger. Instead of just flying to one place, I wanted to do a trip that was just as much about the journey itself. In my old squadron big cross countries always got named "the cross country of justice". I read Stephen Coonts's "Cannibal Queen", Richard Bach, and about the Buck Brothers doing similar things when I was growing up and had always wanted to do the same. Life never gets less busy and it's always so easy to just keep putting it off. No more. Today was day one of a two-week trip around the US; coast to coast and back, from highest (airport) to lowest.

Aussie and his RV-8 will be joining me tomorrow, but today I kicked off the trip by flying to Kitty Hawk with my brother and fellow pilot. Being in North Carolina I've been to Kitty Hawk many times, but I figured there's no better way to start the journey than with my brother, at the site of another two brothers over a hundred years ago; first flight of this airplane trip at the site of the first airplane flight in history.



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Old 09-23-2012, 11:58 PM
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Default Great Start

Matt, Looks like a great start to a great trip. Have fun and fly safe. Can't wait to follow you here on VAF.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:02 AM
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Default How Fun!!

Matt,

Sounds as thought you are off to a most excellent adventure. As a former resident of NC for 15 years I made many trips to Kitty Hawk as well as all the outer banks. Have a great trip....will be following y'all!!

Yol Bolson!!!!
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:11 AM
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Matt your living the dream of a lot of members here. Fly safe and have the trip of your life. Looking forward to following your flight. Don't forget to bring a lot of fresh camera batteries!
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:57 PM
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nice post. go for it. we may have crossed tracks today. flew the east coast today and heard a inbound pilot asking a controller about a disabled plane at first flight airport. perfect day for flying! not a cloud in the sky and cool out.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:39 PM
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The **** with Kitty Hawk, that RV-4 looks awesome!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:39 PM
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Great plane! Great destination brothers! Please let us know how your coast-to-coast trip goes.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:18 AM
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Default Ouch

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nice post. go for it. we may have crossed tracks today. flew the east coast today and heard a inbound pilot asking a controller about a disabled plane at first flight airport. perfect day for flying! not a cloud in the sky and cool out.
Turbo, yeah, we were kind of excited to see another plane on the ramp there...until we saw WHY it was on the ramp. Those that have and those that will, right?

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Indy,

Have fun brother, glad I could be a small part of the adventure...

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:59 AM
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Default Day 2

Yesterday was day 2--direct to St. Louis. Absolutely beautiful day to fly (other than the 15-20kt headwind). Smooth as glass and not a cloud in the sky.

You can tell why they call the mountains around here the Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains


I'm always intrigued by the mountains in eastern Tennessee, how they're just long, parallel ridge lines.


"Where are we?!"

Picked up a sunset escort into St. Louis thanks to Oly Olson. Beautiful time of day to share some RV wingwork.

Flying into Spirit of St. Louis (KSUS) is always special for me. It's home...literally. I grew up a few miles from there and got my pilot's license there. Being the second busiest airport in Missouri my brother and I grew up watching all sorts of planes fly over the house on their way in/out of Spirit, along with the TWA fleet (at the time), all of the fighters being produced out of McDonnell Douglas (at the time), and the Missouri ANG's F-4s and F-15s (at the time) all out of nearby Lambert life was good for a kid who loved flying, and had parents that supported it. I'm always proud that Charles Lindbergh called St. Louis home for a while and that the same spirit that makes St. Louisans such good baseball fans also made them such big supporters of Lindbergh.

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