Prepping for our flight around the perimeter of the U.S., Boyd and I ran the weight and balance numbers. I’d packed all the “necessities” for a whopping 6 week tour, weighed each bag, shrieked, removed items, then repeated. When it was all said-and-done, we were close to the aft CG limit but still within the acceptable range.
The reality of dragging around 6 weeks of “necessities” every time we got in and out of the RV-7 got old really quick not to mention the density altitude problems the excess baggage created as we headed West into warmer temperatures. Two weeks into our flight we went through every single item on-board and UPS’d the non-essentials home – to the tune of 30 pounds. Both light and heavy, non-essentials were gone but one item I refused to part with was my hardback copy of “The Flight Around The Rim” book. If I was flying, it was going to fly right along with me!
For more information on Ernest E. Harmon, please check out this Youtube video posted by Michael’s father about his own famous grand-father. Boyd and I watched it with Michael Harmon and finally got a sense of who this pioneer in aviation really was. I found it absolutely astounding the Harmon family has actual video footage of Ernest Harmon and other family members dating back to the Golden Age of Flight. This video plays out like a Hollywood movie, upper crust, high society, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to find the story of The Flight Around The Rim in a movie theater near us all one day.
Next up. As incredible as it is, the Flight Around The Rim pilot’s daughter, Elaine Danforth Harmon was a W.A.S.P. Now that’s a story I can’t wait to tell!! Please check back.
All proceeds for the sale of Miriam’s book go to Miriam. It’s available for the first time in paperback atÂ http://www.lulu.com/shop/miriam-orr-seymour/the-around-the-rim-flight/paperback/product-23684211.html