...172 Hours By Centurion...

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A Houston pilot has the same sort of goal in mind as Hofmaier but his trip will only take a couple of months and will, we wager, be substantially more comfortable. John Coale left Houston Southwest Airport last Sunday in his modified Cessna 210 Centurion. Coale has spent three years planning the trip but he too is doing it for the experience and nothing else. "No sponsors, no records ... he's just doing it because he wants to," said Coale's friend Greg Moredock. To make the trip, Coale took out all five passenger seats to make room for fuel and other gear. He has the Centurion rigged for more than 20 hours of endurance, which will give him a maximum nonstop distance of more than 3,000 nm. His longest required leg is the last one, from Hilo, Hawaii, to Baja but he's considering trying to go nonstop from Hawaii to Houston. Coale's route will take him to South America, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and Australia. Most of the route is over water and he estimates the 26,100-nm flight will take him 172 hours.