"The Spirit of Adventure II"

Michael McCafferty

USA Biplane Tour

Four vintage open-cockpit biplanes left Southern California in the Spring of 1996. Just two days out, the Stearman crashed in a fierce crosswind. It was completely demolished.

Only one biplane, my Waco YMF-5, would make the entire trip from California to Maine, and return. This is the story of that extraordinary 57-day adventure, as told in a series of daily e-mails to friends from stops along the way.

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Table of Contents

DatePlaceClick Title to Read Story
5/27/96Las Vegas, NVGetting Out of Town
5/28/96Page, AZTreacherous Crosswind
5/29/96Durango, COFly! You sonofabitch, FLY!
5/30/96Spanish Peaks, CODeciding NOT to Fly
5/31/96Longmont, COGoing Solo
6/01/96Yankton, SDFlying Low
6/02/96Yankton, SDBiplane Pilots Do Laundry?
6/03/96Yankton, SDSheep Butt on a Stick
6/04/96Rock Falls, ILAttack at Dawn
6/05/96Lansing, MIThe Waco comes home to the factory.
6/06/96Lansing, MIIt's a Duesey!
6/07/96Lansing, MIA Lesson of Life
6/08/96Lansing, MIFlying with the world's best Waco pilot
6/09/96Lansing, MIWhite Castle "Sliders"
6/10/96Lansing, MISunshine at Last!
6/11/96Lansing, MIIs this a flying adventure, or a weather watch?
6/12/96Lansing, MIThe way to make a small fortune in aviation
6/13/96Mackinac Island, MIFree at last!
6/14/96Mackinac Island, MIMackinaw Island: Two days is one too many!
6/15/96Port Huron, MIThe most beautiful flying of all
6/16/96Niagara Falls, NYLet there be Grass!
6/17/96Thousand Islands, NYIf you don't know where you're going....
6/18/96Greenville, METhe Road Kill Cafe, and other misadventures
6/19/96Greenville, METime to Spare? Go by Air!
6/20/96Bar Harbor, METhe Maine Coastline: Fog and Lobster
6/21/96Bar Harbor, MEFog, Rain, Cold. Forecast: More of the same.
6/22/96Bar Harbor, MEWaiting
6/23/96Bar Harbor, MECarnivores 2, Crustaceans 0
6/24/96Kennebunk, MEEscape from Bar Harbor
6/25/96Mansfield, MAWorld Class Custom Harleys
6/26/96Mansfield, MALester Campbell, National Treasure
6/27/96Martha's Vineyard, MALow Passes and Tall Tales
6/28/96Chester, CTArt Goes Around!
6/29/96Sea Girt, NJThe Lady
6/30/96Sea Girt, NJNo Les No More
07/01/96Philadelphia, PAComing Home
07/02/96Philadelphia, PAPhilly Phood
07/03/96Philadelphia, PAThanks for the company
07/04/96Easton, MDThe Eastern Shore of Maryland
07/05/96Easton, MDLow, Slow, and In Formation Over the Water
07/06/96College Park, MDToo much Fun!
07/07/96Manteo, NCFlying behind the veil
07/08/96Smithfield, NCFirst Flight: Pilot's Mecca
07/09/96Greenville, SCTrue Friends
07/10/96Galatin, TNA Perfect Day of Flying
07/11/96Cairo, ILMikie Attacks!
07/12/96Cairo, ILArt Goes Under the Bridge
07/14/96Branson, MOHey, Mom! You ain't gonna believe this!
07/15/96Branson, MOHeading for home
07/16/96Liberal, KSFlying as transportation
07/17/96Liberal, KSDuster Pilots
07/18/96Liberal, KSLiberal Winds
07/19/96Tucumcari, NMDemons in the Mind, and in the Wind
07/20/96Albuquerque, NMLucky Mikie, the Test Pilot
07/21/96Albuquerque, NMIt's not fixed, but we have a plan
07/22/96Winslow, AZThe mountain came to Mohammed, the crater came to Mikie
07/23/96Carlsbad, CAHome At Last!

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