Holy Headwind, Batman! June 20


It’s go time! The Air Race Classic Racers took off from Frederick in number order starting around 9:00 a.m. We are number 43, so one of the last to launch. Our optimism for making good time on this beautiful day held out for an hour or so, in spite of the prevailing strong headwinds. It’ll get better, we said. We flew the flyby in Ohio and set the heading for our next stop in Indiana. It might get better, we said. Then, a weather front lined up exactly over our course. Are you kidding me? We had to deviate to  the west for safety, then pick our way through to the sunny east side of the front. Our ground speed once showed 94 knots. Not bad for a Piper Cub. But we are a Cessna 182 Skylane, hoping to beat our best speed of 143 knots. And so it went, battling headwinds, bump, thump, through Indiana and Iowa. The silver lining, though, was the hangar dinner waiting for us at Decorah, Iowa. A big thanks to Mike Connell of Connell Flying Service. Should we continue to Minnesota, we debated. With storms forecast for tomorrow afternoon in Bemidji, we decided to push through so we could get out in the morning ahead of it. Minnesota! Such a beautiful state! And guess what? The wind died and we flew a magic carpet ride over the lakes the last half hour.

1 Comment

  1. Shannon Osborne

    June 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Love reading about your adventure. Keep up the good decision making & look forward to greeting you in SAF. Oh and I have a Skylane and didn’t know they did below 100 except when landing. I feel your 94knot pain!

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