Friday, June 22, 2007

Day 27, Back home

We departed Thomson Friday morning at 8:45, early on in the flight we flew through a line of rain clouds, but after passing The Pas, Manitoba the skies cleared up, and the weather was generally good all the way to our destination. On arrival at the Tacoma Narrows airport we asked for, and were given permission by the control tower to make a high speed low pass over the airport, before we came in for landing. Touchdown was at 3:09 PM local time, (22:09 GMT). Taxiing up to the customs area we were surprised to learn that about 25 friends, including Mariza, had gathered to greet us. My friend Jay PerryCook had organized a barbecue which included Scandinavian specialties such as marinated herring and Danish akvavit. Local news reporters were also in attendance.

A word about the Twin Beech, N565US; this 48 year old airplane flew this 64 hours and 27 minutes flight time trip, without a single maintenance squawk on the airframe or the engines. For the ones of you that are in the know about the P&W Wasp Junior engine, the total oil added on the entire trip was 6 gallons. The engines were last overhauled by Covington Aircraft, Inc., the good engine performance speaks well for the work that they do at Covington.

In closing I will quote my friend Jay, by saying that it has been great to check one off the “Once in a lifetime” list. Lastly, I dare to speak not only for my self, but also on behalf of my travel companions, Ellen, Mariza, and Stein, when I say that the experience of flying the Twin Beech on this trip has enriched all our lives.


Anonymous said...

You did it.You did it again.Lot`s of hugs,- your sister ELLEN

Anonymous said...

Ras....Way To Go!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ras, you deserve much credit for a flight well planned and executed.

George Flavell

Anonymous said...

Ras I have followed the flight here in New Zealand. Mike & Joanne put me on to your site.
Sounds like a great trip professionaly executed. The memories will last forever.


mdpylot80 said...

I enjoyed reading and seeing pictures of your adventure.Now that is some real aviating. Flying the same trip in 777 would not be quite as adventureous.

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Anonymous said...

I can only imagine; what a great flying trip. My days of BE-18 flying are past. I flew part 135 passenger flying back in the day. Thanks for tell us this wonderful story.