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Next, Harry took over for what turned out to be the most difficult
portion of the trip: crossing the Rockies and the Continental Divide
on a route that took us by the ski resorts at Vail and Aspen, Colorado.
Surface winds were mercifully light, but towering cumulus
clouds rose in the afternoon heat, and the AirCam was buffeted
by turbulence. Harry moved the controls from stop to stop to
keep the wings level-but his poise and sense of humor seemed
unaltered.
" It looks like the afterburners in this airplane are inop, " he
cracked. " I'm going to have to write that up for maintenance. "
Then, seeing that I had set the moving map to track up, he
feigned indignance.
" That's it! We're completely incompatible. It's got to be north
up or I'm done. "
Going by the Eagle County Regional Airport, we looked down
on a line of corporate jets going into Aspen. In the back seat, I had
a GPS set to the Terrain page on one knee and an iPhone with a
moving map on the other. Harry rode rising air columns to an altitude of more than 13,000 feet (but less than 2,500 feet above the
ground) over the Continental Divide, then descended with the terrain as we crossed onto the plains north of Denver.
Harry made his first AirCam landing at Fort Morgan, Colorado,
and he recited verbatim the advice I'd given him as he flew.
" Sixty-five miles an hour on final, half flaps, and carry power
into ground effect, " he said. " Pull the throttles to idle, and full aft
stick for a three-point landing. Nothing to it. "
We filled the fuel tanks and considered our next move. It was
3 p.m., we'd flown nine hours, and there were still six hours of

EARLY MORNINGS and late evenings are ideal for the AirCam

and I punished my night-owl brother by insisting we start
flying by sunrise.

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daylight remaining. The clouds that had been building throughout our flight across the Rockies were now mature thunderstorms
headed our way. We could stay ahead of them if we left right away.
We climbed back into the AirCam and flew east to Nebraska.
" Now I see why no one wants to fly with you on these ferry
trips, " Harry said. " You set a grueling pace. "
In only a few flights, Harry and I were falling into a comfortable pattern. The front-seat pilot flew and spoke on the radio. The
back-seater navigated, tuned the radio, synchronized the propellers (it's easier to hear a mismatch between the fixed-pitch props
in the back seat), and evaluated airport options. Backseat duty also
included serving as a human autopilot by taking over the controls
and holding a heading and altitude when directed.
Whenever I took over from Harry, the airplane was perfectly
trimmed, on the magenta GPS course line, and exactly on altitude.
I once chided him over eastern Colorado by pointing out that his
altitude had strayed 50 feet.
" You must have missed the last barometric pressure setting
because mine is dead nuts on, " he said. " Navy training, man. It
sticks with you. "
We each handled our own drinks and snacks. I drank water
and iced tea and ate mostly raisins and nuts from home. Harry
guzzled Gatorade and soft drinks and ate Pop Tarts, Oreos, and
chips from vending machines.
We were running out of daylight and drifted into Mc Cook,
Nebraska (MCK), over fields of amber grain that really were
waving in the wind. We hopped into the infamously dilapidated
30-something Crown Victoria courtesy car from J&S Aviation and



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