Photo by Mariano
“I have a dream.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. said that during
his 1963 speech that became part of U.S. history, but Michael Combs is
living that dream today and making an impact. In fact, so far he has
reached out to more than 2 million people with the message that it’s
never too late to follow your dreams.
After an illness almost killed him in
2003, Combs decided he would live life with no regrets. That meant he
would learn how to fly.
He earned his sport pilot certificate
last fall, and this April, took off in an LSA Remos GX from Salina,
Kansas, with a goal to land in all 50 states as part of the Flight for
the Human Spirit.
The week before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,
Combs was in Denton, Texas, on a weather hold, having made 95 stops in
13,500 miles. He then detoured back to Wisconsin for AirVenture.
By the time Combs finishes his trip in
mid-September, he will have made about 140 stops, covered more than
22,000 miles and landed in all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii.
“I’m not doing this flight just to
fulfill my dreams,” he said. “My goal was to fly, not to go on an
epic adventure. But I want to use this flight to help other people
fulfill their dreams.”
Combs said people have told him they are
taking flying lessons because of his story. But others are using his
message of living your dreams to start their own businesses and even
While stopping in Oshkosh added miles to
his final trip — he had already visited Wisconsin — Combs said
AirVenture is a great opportunity for people to experience his flight.
He’ll continue the Flight for the Human Spirit in August, and once his
trip is complete, he will make air show appearances and work on a book.
Combs said his journey is proof how much
people can do when they put their mind to it. “I have stretched myself
further than I ever thought I could be stretched,” he said. “I’m
excited to see what the rest of the flight reveals.”
To learn more about his flight, visit www.FlightHS.com.