Gustavus (Gus) McLeod now has two
dates at this year's AirVenture in Oshkosh (WI). In addition to
talking about his next pole-to-pole, 'round-the-world venture,
McLeod will also address this year's Moth Dinner at Oshkosh, Friday
July 30, 6:30 PM at the Pioneer Inn.
McLeod has already made aviation history in 2000 by flying an open
cockpit airplane, a 1939 PT Stearman, to the North Pole, which was
documented by a National Geographic Special titled "Arctic Flyer,"
and the subject of his book, Solo to the Top of the World: Gus
McLeod's Daring Record Flight (Smithsonian Institution Press,
Gustavus "Gus" McLeod will be flying around the world pole to
pole in a single engine aircraft known as the "Firefly" for a new
world aviation record later this year -- perhaps in August or
The Firefly is an experimental aircraft designed by the Korea
Aerospace Research Institute. McLeod is flying around the world
pole to pole on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen, Women Air Force
Service Pilots, and Women in Military Service for America. McLeod
is also flying for a world aviation record in order to get middle
school children interested in aviation and the sciences.
By training he is a chemical engineer and used to work for the
CIA. He is the first civilian aviator since Amelia Earhardt to have
been nominated for a Distinguished Flying Cross. Congress will
consider his nomination this year.