Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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Up and away by 0950 hrs we headed west over patchwork fields and forests traversed by straight highways. The Enid Reservoir was quickly followed by the twisting and turning Tallahatchie River, and we couldn’t help but hum the tune about Billie-Joe McAllister (you’ll have to search the web for this one!). Crossing rivers was going to be the pattern for the day as we next flew over the mighty Mississippi River and into Arkansas
Sulphur Springs was next and we could see the clouds building ahead and were pleased we had made a reasonably early departure. Descending into Greenville Majors Airport we again experienced the bumpiness the heat was causing closer to the ground but made a smooth landing on their 8000+ft runway. All was eerily quiet on the radio and apart from one other 'plane, about to take-off, we were the only people about. It reminded us of some of the airfields we had visited in Australia. Parking the EZ close to the FBO and small terminal we completed the "putting to bed" as quickly as we could and retreated to the relative coolness of the shaded entrance to the building. Although on ‘phoning the airport a couple of days ago and being told that they would be open, they had presumably taken the holiday off. The thermometer on the wall was showing 38c/100f in the shade, and we hadn’t experienced this heat since our departure from the southern hemisphere.
We were soon rescued from these sauna-like conditions by my Brother Philip and his wife Susan
Arriving in the Dallas area was a bit of a homecoming for our Long-EZ. Over the years of its construction a lot of the parts, propellers included, had been delivered to Philip, to be collected and brought back to England by Patrick on many of the 69 trips he had made to DFW airport during his career as a commercial pilot.