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Combs Claims World LSA Record

Michael Combs
Michael Combs gives the thumbs up just prior to taking off from Fort Worth, Texas, on a world record-setting flight that ended in Branson, Missouri.

July 14, 2011 – Michael Combs claimed a new world record for time over distance when he flew his Remos LSA from Fort Worth, Texas, to Branson, Missouri, on July 9. Branson was the 170th stop on Combs’ “Flight for the Human Spirit” mission, in which he aims to land in all 50 states in his Remos. Since April 2010, he has flown an estimated 28,000 miles into 49 states and Canada. Hawaii is the last remaining state.

The record was sanctioned by the National Aeronautical Association (NAA) and must be confirmed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) to become official.

“I can’t believe it,” Combs said. “It feels fantastic and quite an accomplishment. After all the planning that went into this particular flight leg, I am very relieved to now have it behind us.”

Several days prior to takeoff, a weather front was drifting south from Oklahoma and crossing Combs’ flight path. Winds were the primary concern and ended up nearly causing him to cancel the flight after he had already taken off.

Fuel calculations indicated that if winds did not change, Michael would fall short of his destination by about 80 miles. He was prepared to turn back, but decided to cross the front first to see how the conditions were. Fortunately, the winds were favorable at 8,000 feet, which allowed the flight to continue. The unofficial average speed was 106.32 mph over a straight line flight distance of 349 miles.

Once the official timing documents are received from both timekeepers, the flight will become certified as an aviation world record. This will be the first one ever set in the Branson area.

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