National Air Tour Lands Safely Home

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It seemed a dubious dream from the start -- to assemble a fleet of vintage aircraft and fly them along a 4,000-mile route to re-create a chapter from the Golden Age of Aviation. But last Wednesday, the spunky airplanes of the National Air Tour buzzed out of the sky right on schedule, to land in Ypsilanti, Mich., where they had launched more than two weeks earlier. Along the way, dozens of pilots and crew shared their love of flying with thousands of curious onlookers, and together experienced an adventure to remember. "We have told the story behind the original National Air Tours to millions of people at the stops, over the Internet, and through the media," said Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America, the nonprofit group that organized the tour. "Hopefully, in some small way we have touched the lives of the people with whom we have shared this wonderful event." Among the Air Tour's pilots was AVweb's own Dr. Brent Blue. Read part two of Dr. Blue's first-hand account in today's Skywritings feature.