Reno (NV) pilot Ross Loudon didn't think he'd make it. When his
homebuilt 1975 Wallace Skybolt (file photo of type, below) came
apart in the sky near Cold Springs, he was inverted at just over
2000 feet AGL.
"I just feel really lucky," Loudon told the Daily Sparks Tribune
from his hospital bed at Washoe Medical Center. He flew as much as
five times a week and said he practiced bailing out just about
every time he went up.
A pedal-powered aircraft built by the Science and Engineering
faculty at Japan's Nihon University flew approximately 12
kilometers (7.46 miles) Sunday, breaking the Japanese record of
10.9 km (6.77 mi).
EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer was installed as the centerpiece of the
"Heroes of the Sky" exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn,
Michigan, on Friday morning, March 19. Edsel Ford II of Ford Motor
Company presented museum president Steve Hamp with the same
airworthiness certificate that EAA President Tom Poberezny
transferred to Ford at the national Centennial of Flight
celebration last December in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.