Summer 2022, Day 52: First Flight in Illinois, Lincoln Home NHS

Dawn at FlyPPG in Fowler, Illinois:

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Flight 143, first in Illinois:

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The motor went lost power for a few seconds mid-flight.  I thought I was going to land out, but power came back, so I came back and landed.

Admiring the crops:

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I packed up and continued east to Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois:

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The Lincolns purchased this home in 1844, two years after their marriage and sixteen years before Lincoln was elected president.  It is the only home the Lincolns ever owned:

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Touring the house:

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I had arranged to fly with a group of pilots at Wilbur Wright’s birth home in Indiana, but winds were too strong, so I continued East to overnight at the Cracker Barrel of Sunbury, Ohio.  See the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2022, Day 51: First Flight in Missouri

Dawn at Carrollton Memorial Airport in Carrollton, Missouri:

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Unfortunately, my starter failed.  I took it apart and fixed the problem:

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Fellow PPG pilot Tom came out to watch the flight:

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By the time I fixed the starter, it was too late in the day to fly.  I watched the crop duster come and go:

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The plan was to do my first flight in Illinois tomorrow, so I drove east to Monroe City, Missouri.  It’s hot today, so I worked in the library until late afternoon, then drove to the airport to try again to fly Missouri:

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Pilot getting into this replica of a 1930s-era Pietenpol Air Camper:

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I had a really hard time getting my engine started, so I only got to fly a short time before sunset forced me to land.  Flight 142, first in Missouri:

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I continued east to overnight at the FLYPPG paramotor school near Fowler, Illinois.  See the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2022, Day 50: First Flight in Kansas

Sunrise in Eastern Colorado:

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I continued on to Gardiner, Kansas for my first flight in Kansas with the Kansas City pilots.  We had a dozen pilots in the air for my flight 141.  There were also three fixed-wing planes in the area, so it was good to have the aviation radio so I could hear what they were doing.

Flying low over corn:

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I continued east to overnight at Carrollton, Missouri’s airport, where I hope to fly my first flight in Missouri.

See the trip map for today’s drive.