My trip from Pennsylvania to California in my MII

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  1. Jun 17, 2011 #1

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    Good Evening Group:

    I recently made the following trip in my Mustang II, N657HR:

    The trip consisted of ten legs as follows:

    9D4 TO KPBX 337 NM KPBX TO KMSL 297 NM COMPLETED ON MAY 9, 2011

    KMSL TO M79 249 NM M79 TO KDWH 260 NM COMPLETED ON MAY 10, 2011

    KDWH TO KOZA 309 NM KOZA TO T27 272 NM T27 TO KCGZ 311 NM KCGZ TO KBLH 153 NM COMPLETED ON MAY 13, 2011

    KBLH TO KUDD 78 NM KUDD TO KCPM 103 NM COMPLETED ON MAY 14, 2011

    A total of 2369 nm were flown with the longest day, May 13, 2011 having 1045 nm; the first day consisted of 634nm, and the second day into KDWH consisted of 509 nm; our last day into Compton Field had 181 nm.

    The trip went over the following fixes, and airports:

    9D4 > W35 > 48I > KPBX > W38 > KSRB > kSYI > KMSL COMPLETED ON MAY 9, 2011

    KMSL > M44 > 5A6 > 1M2 > 0M8 > M79 > F88 > T24 > 00R > KDWH COMPLETED ON MAY 19, 2011

    KDWH > 3T5 > KHYI > KERV > KJCT > KOZA > KFST > KVHN > T27 > KLRU > KDMN > KLSB > JOGHY > P33 >WOGIX > E77 > KCGZ > KBLH COMPLETED ON MAY 13, 2011

    KBLH > L77 > KUDD > JETOX > KBNG > KRIV > WUXEB > VPLSC > KFUL > TIDOY > KCPM COMPLETED MAY 14, 2011


    The trip was a flight of a lifetime, and a very special one for me; for it was in fact the last flight I would take in my home-built MII. I sold the aircraft last month to a fellow pilot from Old Bar, Australia, and as promised delivered it to Compton Field, KCPM in California. While the build was by far the most enjoyable thing, I have ever done for myself, flying 7HR for 301 hours was a dream.

    I have been dealing with medical issues over the last couple of years due to cancer, and an ongoing issue with my shoulder/arm. That said, I look forward to moving into the ELSA arena, and will do my best this July at Oshkosh to find that project for me.

    I've attached a few pictures of the trip; enjoy! Texas is very big!

    Herb Rose Sacramento, PA
     
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    Nice post Herb, especially the picturers.

    An interesting suggestion; the Great Circle Mapper is a great tool to display these kind of trips. You can simply make the route, draw the map and post the link with lots of information. Just an example:
    Great Circle Mapper
     
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    I had layed the trip out on something similar: AOPA Trip Planner, and EAA's Aero Planner, both of which were great tools to use. Fact be said the flying we do today is nothing like that of our mentors. I have several guys in our EAA 390 Chapter that had flown to Florida in Cubs/Champs using nothing but a compass and groud reference.

    For the most part I used I10, I70 as landing zones if something went wrong, flying the pass they went through proved to be an excellent way to navigate.

    Moreover, I think I spent as much time planning the trip as I did flying it!

    I think the best part of the flight was flying the Banning Pass up and into LA; really some beautiful country out there to see from 10,500 and below.

    You headed up to Oshkosh next month?

    Herb Rose Sacramento, PA
     
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    Stuff like is this precisely what I show them when people ask me why I do it. How few people get to experience such a viewpoint of the planet and even fewer get the option to simply come down and stop wherever they fancy. One definitely needs a go fast airplane in addition to everything else.

    Flying the Banning Pass is fun if you can do it at 10,500 - in a 150 with the wind against you at 6,000 is a different matter. I'm doing ti tomorrow, heading out to Palm Springs.

    I like Aeroplanner, but it is soooo dreadfully sloooowww. I prefer to just use Skyvector to quickly get headings and distances and times and scribble them down, rather than go through all the hassle of Aeroplanner.
     
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    As much as I'd love it, I'm afraid the distance (6000NM), money and time don't allow it. Somewhere in the future, most definitely though.
     
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    Heh. Man, that's the truth! I've done exactly that flight in exactly that type. Watch out for turbulence when you exit the pass on the Palm Springs side. I nearly had my teeth knocked loose.

    Herb, awesome flight. Thank you so much for sharing. All my hopes to you in your fight with cancer - you're doing the right things to keep you positive and your body fighting. Can't wait to see your next trip!
     
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    That's the truth!

    Herb, thanks for sharing man...I really appreciate it.

    I've thought the same thing many times flying around.....I think a lot about guys flying the mail back in the 20s. How little weather info they had, nothing but a compass and a map at NIGHT...when towns weren't nearly as well lit. No highways to follow. Jumping out and hitting the silk because the airplane iced up. Imagine flying the mail from St. Louis to KC in the winter....I am in awe of their bravery/disregard for personal safety.
     
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    CONGRATS. I know how much of an adventure a long trip like this is. If I would have known you were spending time right next door (KDWH) I would have at least met you at the airport to say "Hi".
    :cool:
     
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    Thanks for the pics!
     

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