AirVenture has long been a stopping ground for Earthrounders, and this
year is no exception as South Africans Mike Blyth and James Pittman
include an Oshkosh stop on their month-long flight around the world
scheduled to begin later this week.
Blyth and Pittman, owners of The Airplane
Factory in Gauteng, South Africa, will fly their modified D6 Sling
light-sport aircraft (LSA) from Johannesburg to Oshkosh, where they'll
stay for six days. They plan to depart South Africa on Friday, July 17.
The D6 Sling wings were modified to carry
118 gallons of fuel in each to allow sustained flight over long stretches.
One of their longest stretches will be from Conakry, Guinea, to Belem,
Brazil, nearly 2,200 nautical miles.
Some of the destinations along the way
include Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Belem, Brazil; and
Los, Angeles, California.
After AirVenture, they will continue their
journey westward around the world before returning to Johannesburg by
August 22. To find out more on Blyth's and Pittman's expedition and to
track their story visit www.airplanefactory.co.za/world/press.asp.