Destination Dallas

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday 04 July 2011. Happy Independence Day to all our US followers! A bright morning with the prospect of showers later meant an early start was going to be beneficial also allowing a landing before the temperatures had really peaked. Returning the courtesy car to the FBO we were delighted to see a bright red MGA sports car parked outside. It turned out it belonged to Sam and he'd owned it for many years. Sam also informed us that he had recently attained his pilot’s licence, so we congratulated him on this achievement.

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. Just a little further on we passed over the Arkansas River with its sand bars hugging the inside banks as it meandered towards its confluence with the Mississippi, over on our left. Over to our right and we were paralleling the Red River, the boundary between the states of Texas and Oklahoma in this region.

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. We were going to be spending the next few days with them before heading back to the UK for a short break to prepare ourselves for the next leg of our journey. We would have liked to have landed at the Rockwall airfield closer to their home in Rowlett, TX, but with the elevated temperatures at this time of year and the higher weights we are operating the EZ at we considered it prudent to use an airfield with a longer runway. A forty minute car journey later and we had cooled down enough to feel human again and settled into their house to enjoy their fine hospitality and a welcome cool beer!

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.
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jane on

You Guys never cease to amaze!
From a sister in "awe"!

Syd Buxton on

Go, Bobby Gentry!!!!!

"It was the third of June,
another sleepy, dusty Delta day.
I was out choppin' cotton
and my brother was balin' hay.
And at dinner time we stopped,
and we walked back to the house to eat.
And mama hollered at the back door
"y'all remember to wipe your feet."
And then she said she got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge
Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge."

Jane on

Looking forward to catching up next weekend. Glad to see the trip is still going well.

Russ on

Hey there guys, are you planning to go to oshkosh for airventure?.

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