Craparo-Dabbs World Record
October 3, 2015 — October 15, 2015
Hey, guys! Dayton & John here. We appreciate all your support for our trip. We are really looking forward to keeping y’all up to date with each part of our adventure. Drop us a line, and we will do our best to get back with you as soon as we can. Thanks a bunch!
Here’s the official logo for CRAPARO-DABBS WORLD RECORD trip.
And they’re off! Now that they’re on their way, John and Dayton will be doing most of the posts, but will be staying in touch with me, so feel free to let me know if I can answer any questions.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Cross Country Estates - Georgetown, TX to Love Field, DALLAS TX
Miles flown this day: 142
Total miles flown: 142
Thanks to Scott Thomas for the pre-take off PIX.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Love Field - DALLAS TX to LAKE HAVASU AZ
Miles flown this day: 900
Total miles flown: 1042
I got a message from Rob at 04:15 this morning that he and Sean completed the required weighing of the gyro and it came in a few pounds underweight, so Dayton and John were cleared for take-off around 04:30. They were smart to weigh in before throwing in that box of Krispy Kremes. At 09:35 Sunday 10-04-15, track shows them in Roswell NM. Hopefully, they’re getting some shots that we can post later today.
Rob just sent these pix from Sunday morning’s gyro weigh-in. Check out John wiggling in to that flight suit – also known as the Craparo Disco.
Monday, October 5, 2015
LAKE HAVASU AZ to SANTA MONICA CA
Miles flown this day: 208
Total miles flown: 1250
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Santa Monica, CA to Flagstaff, AZ
Miles flown this day: 341
Total miles flown: 1591
Dayton updating here. We didn’t make it quite as far as we would have liked today, but we made progress. We started the day by changing the oil in the gyro at Santa Monica. We owe big thanks to Rick Song for providing a few oil filters that he happened to have on hand. After changing the oil and getting a bunch of loose ends tied up, we took off just after 2:00PM Pacific Time. We had to dodge a few storms as we went through Eastern California/Western Arizona, but nothing too bad. Because of the late start, we didn’t quite get through the mountains before nightfall. We both began to show signs of hypothermia, so we decided to set down for the night in Flagstaff, AZ. We plan on leaving Wednesday morning at 8:00AM Pacific Time with hopes of making it at least to central Kansas.
We have many more pictures to post that were taken with the other camera, but have no way of uploading them yet. We will get them up as quickly as we can.
The record claim has been placed for the flight from Dallas to Los Angeles with a time of 35 hours and 35 minutes (thanks to clouds hanging over the mountains between Lake Havasu and Los Angeles).
We also wanted to take a moment to give a GIANT thank you to Business Jet Center in Dallas, and Desert Skies Aviation in Lake Havasu for being incredibly helpful well beyond what they were required to be.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Flagstaff, AZ to Dodge City, KS
Miles flown this day: 588
Total miles flown: 2179
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Dodge City, KS to New York, NY (LaGuardia)
Miles flown this day: 1160
Total miles flown: 3339
Here are a few pix from earlier this week when Dayton and John left Love Field in Dallas. Thanks, Ira, for sending them in.
Friday, October 9, 2015
They made it to the BIG APPLE
Miles flown this day: 65
Total miles flown: 3404
I talked with Dayton at about 5:00 PM central time. He was on a subway headed to Manhattan. At 5:45 this morning, after a few hours of sleeping on a concrete hangar floor, and 65 miles from NY, they called LaGuardia to ask for a delayed arrival due to weather. Tower said “you either make it here by 6;30 AM or postpone till Saturday”. They hopped in the Magni, and with the help of a strong tailwind, landed at LaGuardia at 6:35 AM. Cheers!
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