UPDATE ON HOWARD AND HALEY'S FANTASTIC VOYAGE!!! After spending 4 nights in Vancouver, WA. waiting on the smoke to clear, the crew was able to depart in their little 1946, 65 HP Taylorcraft and head to Houston. At this writing, they are safe and sound in Breckenridge, TX. The flight carried them through the Columbia River Gorge, then south along the Snake River and into the Salt Lake Valley where they navigated the pass through the Wasatch Mountain Range into Wyoming. A southeasterly route was then taken through Colorado and into the panhandle of Texas and onward to Breckenridge where they are temporarily stuck due to the tropical storm.
As a note, this entire route of 1771 NM is being flown using only a sectional chart, watch, and a compass. The aircraft has no electrical system, no radio and no navigation equipment. Strictly time, speed, and distance following roads, railroads, and rivers. This is the kind of training you receive at Texas Flight!!! Stick and rudder, sight and sound, seat-of-the-pants flying when technology fails.
The pictures tell the story, and Hayley can swing a prop with the best of them!! The final pic in this series is a collage of a lady who did a "Flight Across America" that was the cover of LIFE Magazine on September 16, 1940, and one of Hayley 80 years later.