Well, I haven't been around BC much in the past few weeks. Part of the reason was the 10 day vacation we took to Iowa, and part of it was because I spent 5 days trying to fly a Cessna 152 from Indianapolis to Phoenix.
The 5 days trying to get to Phoenix were pretty crazy. We had a radio failure (which mysteriously corrected itself when we returned to the airfield), dodged thunderstorms enroute to St. Louis., and then were ultimately forced to abandon the trip in Bartlesville, Oklahoma due to weather. Our groundspeed was generally 85-95 knots (95-110 mph) throughout the entire journey. Still, it was a great experience. I thought I would share a few pictures from the trip.
Large thunderhead while enroute to Indianapolis on a Southwest 737-700
Check out the car that took us from Indianapolis International to Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport to get the airplane!
Small clouds across the sky just outside Indianapolis
Clouds starting to build a bit... storms reported ahead
Looking straight down from the right seat... yes, that'* one of our tires hanging out in the breeze
Billy and I cruising along... two 6 foot guys in a 152 is pushing the limits of comfort on a cross-country flight
Looking out the back of the plane... you can see more of the building clouds we had to dodge
Staying to the north of the storms over Indiana/Illinois... heading for Spirit of St. Louis airport
Finally clear of the thunderstorms... Illinois farmland just to the east of St. Louis
Part of the St. Louis metro area
The sun slanting through some clouds on a beautiful Missouri evening
West out of Springfield, Missouri into Kansas/Oklahoma
View of Bartlesville, Oklahoma from a Frank Lloyd Wright skyscraper while we were socked in for a day and a half
We eventually surrendered to the bad weather and flew back to Phoenix from Tulsa, Oklahoma on Southwest
Nothing like hooking up the Garmin 295 while you're on an airliner! Ground speed was 436 knots (500 mph) at an altitude of 36,000 feet
While we weren't able to complete our mission and get the plane to Phoenix, we had a great time seeing some of the USA from 4,500 feet in our little Cessna. I'm flying to Rhode Island with another buddy on Monday to bring another plane back to Phoenix, and hopefully we'll make it this time! I'll definitely take some pictures no matter what happens.