We have been watching with interest since Bill Harrelson left on his epic world record flight just after Christmas last year (2014). Since that time, many hours have been flown, adjustments to flight plans have been made, and anxious hours of planning and re-planning have occurred to cope with changing weather conditions, and to meet with country specific requirements.
Here’s the latest from LOBO (US), joyfully announcing his final leg:
Bill Harrelson has competed his record attempt! Having flown his Lancair IV, N6ZQ, 22,000+ nautical miles, facing and conquering some of our planet’s least hospitable terrain and weather, Bill is safely back on the ground where he started in Kinston, NC (KISO).
The record attempt began when Bill left KISO on the morning of 28 December 2014, bound for Montevideo, Uruguay. It ended yesterday afternoon with a nearly 5000 NM leg from Fairbanks, AK, over the North Pole to home.
Following his landing at KISO, Bill’s team updated their Facebook page with the following:
What a display of balance he has provided for us these last few weeks: the perfect blend of patience and aggressiveness, stamina and experience, individualism and team building. We have all had a bird’s eye view of a professional performing at the peak of his career.
The new record won’t be official until the data recorders are unsealed, studied and certified, but Bill and his team are confident they followed all the rules.
Click here to read more about Bill’s adventure on the team’s Facebook page. Please join LOBO in congratulating Bill and his team!