It’s official. This afternoon, the flight around the rim crew successfully completed their mission. Woohoo!! The crew of two, me and hubby Boyd Birchler, traded off stick/nav/radio time flying Boyd’s home-built RV-7 around the perimeter of the continental U.S. Our goal was to fly safely, have fun, and watch our amazing country unfold before our eyes. And WOW, that’s exactly what we did!
We flew east beginning our flying tour May 20, 2018 at Toledo, Ohio. Start to finish, we spent 46 days, flew over 10,000 nautical miles, logged 69.8 hours tack time (2.5 hours IFR), burned 517 gallons 100 LL, and visited approx 90 airports. Those are the recorded totals, easily verified. What the numbers don’t include are the emotion, exhilaration, and joy wrapped up in the adventure of our flight. The incredible/amazing/passionate people, the sights, the views from our cockpit, the ever-changing weather and winds, the extreme temperatures (below freezing to 108 degrees), the regional foods – the unexpectedness of it all.
Following are highlights from yesterday and today, our last two days of flying the perimeter. Day 45 and Day 46 continued to amaze and inspire us and were a fitting conclusion to our fabulous trip.
Many, many thanks to everyone who followed our flight, wished us well and/or invited us to come stay. You made our trip a wonderful, memorable, life-event.