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Nate Foster back home after epic flight

September 2, 2010 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

Nate Foster is back home.

Foster is the 17-year-old Maryland pilot who departed on a flight from his home state to California on Aug. 23. Flying a 1975 Super Cub that he helped to restore, he was considerably wet behind the ears–he’d taken his checkride the previous Thursday. But, according to Childs Walkers’ blog for the Baltimore Sun, Nate made out just fine, and I was glad to read that he sought out the advice of more experienced pilots all along his route.

As a parent, whenever I come across young people like Nate, my heart is always in my throat at the thought of what they’re about to attempt. As a pilot, I’m proud when their pioneering spirits see them safely through to the other side.

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6 Responses to “Nate Foster back home after epic flight”

  1. Osvaldo Torres Says:

    Congratulations from a 65 year old person that has been dreaming to learn how to be a pilot since I was 17 years old. Civil Air Patrol has ben the closest I have ever been to achieving the dream and I hope not to die before I can accomplish it.

  2. Joseph A. Turnbach Says:

    Shades of the book “Flight of Passage”….only SOLO! Congratulations! Great job!

  3. Brian Kerr Says:

    Nate, Congratulations. I am training for my Sport pilot ticket at chesapeake aport pilot out at kw29. i grew up in westminster. Congrats again

  4. Nate Foster: Solo Across America At 17 Says:

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