Ed Hicks (left) and Ian Saeger (right) flew over from the UK in Ian’s Cessna 182 to take some aerial pictures over Normandy. Tom Haines (middle) flew with me in the Bonanza. This was a flight I will never forget!
Bonjour from Normandy
On Saturday, 4/16, Tom Haines (AOPA) and I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and walked along Omaha Beach where D-day, the battle of Normandy took place. For anyone who has ever thought about visiting Normandy, make it happen. Here are a few pictures from our adventure.
This is the Fifth Engineer Special Brigade monument at Omaha Beach. As a retired Army Officer and former Combat Engineer, this monument has special meaning. Engineers lead the way!
“THEN IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS BRIEF DAY OF BATTLE ON THE COAST OF NORMANDY, AND FOR SO MANY OF THEM IT ENDED. FOR THE REST OF US, WHAT HAS BEEN SINCE HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME.” By CAPT Charles Cawthon, US Army, 29th Infantry Division.
Santa Maria to Normandy
Bangor to St John’s to Santa Maria
So finally an update. My apologies for the delayed posting but the amount of work that comes with flying a private airplane across the North Atlantic Ocean to four different countries is overwhelming. So far this trip has gone exceptionally well and mostly as planned. With strong turbulence between Canada and Greenland last week my flight support crew (Bill Compton and John Whitehead) and I decided that it would be best for me to head to the Azores and then up to France. Turned out the weather/winds were as forecasted and I enjoyed a strong tailwind and mostly clear skies the entire flight. Below are some of the pictures that I took along the way.
The good folks at Maine Aero Services in Bangor, Maine, helped me perform a final check of the airplane before heading North to St John’s Newfoundland. Ben Doughty (shown here driving the tug) proved to be an excellent technician and I highly recommend this shop to anyone who needs work performed on their airplane. Great job guys!
Flew between layers of clouds the entire flight to St John’s, changing altitude several times to avoid icing.
Departed from St John’s at sunrise to avoid landing in Santa Maria after dark. While I love night flying, the thought of ditching at night doesn’t excite me.
Looks easy on paper! Click on image to enlarge.
Not like the Mint (first class) service we now offer at JetBlue, but this stuff tasted great! If you’re wondering what’s in the large bag on the right, it’s a mix of cheese and caramel corn like you can get in Chicago.
Thanks to jetBlue for all your support!
I’m the subject of the latest post to the jetBlue blog! Thanks for supporting the spirit of adventure and N1733G’s round-the-world flight!
Fellow pilots, friends and to anyone who is simply interested in following this adventure – WELCOME! As the weather across the North Atlantic continues to improve, it looks like my flight may start as early as Sunday or Monday. If you click on the “Current Aircraft Location” tab on the menu bar, you will be taken to the “Spidertracks” page that will show the current location of the aircraft. When I’m flying it will also show aircraft speed, altitude and heading. Simply amazing isn’t it!
Send off picture with the Breitling Jet Team and Jim DiMatteo (left front) at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly In and Expo. What an honor – a true example of the “Fellowship of Airman” we all share. If you look closely, I’m wearing the new Breitling Emergency watch that was loaned to me for my RTW flight. At some point after I return, this watch will be offered at auction, the proceeds to benefit an aviation related foundation.