Harrelson Attempting Flight Over the Poles
March 15, 2013 - Bill Harrelson, EAA 257277, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who a few weeks back set an unofficial world record long-distance flight from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida, in his modified Lancair IV, is now in the process of setting another record: flying around the world over both poles.
He departed Bangor, Maine (KBGR), on Thursday, bound for Recife, Brazil (SBRF), followed by scheduled stops (he has a 360-plus-gallon fuel capacity with a range of more than 7,000 nm) in Punta Arenas, Chile (SCCI), over the South Pole to Christchurch, New Zealand (NZCH), Honolulu (KHNL), and Fairbanks, Alaska (KFAI), over the North Pole, and closing the loop back in Bangor.
Harrelson plans to attend AirVenture Oshkosh this summer and show the aviation world his long-distance Lancair, which was built from the ground up for world record long-distance flights such as these. Track his progress via FlightAware.com.