Bahamas Trip Report 2011

by Paul A. Rosales

It's been 2 years in the making and the next flying adventure to the Bahamas has been flown!!!!! You can go to the Van's Air Force website for a blog with pictures that I tried to update every day. My pictures start near the bottom of page 2. Tuppergal and I departed California on Saturday morning, May 21st visting friends along the way. We arrived home on Sunday afternoon, June 12th flying 49.7 hours and +6600nm. We had 12 RVs and 2 non-RV making the trip to Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Here are the pilots and crew flying with us this year; Alpha Flight Jim & Vicki Baker (Kansas: RV-6) Chris & Indira Kleen (Washington: RV-6) Gary & Carolyn Zilik (Colorado: RV-6A) Bravo Flight Bryan & Sherri Wood (California: Bonanza) Charlie Flight Paul & Victoria Rosales (California: RV-6A) Mike Brewton & Denice Nicol (California: RV-7A) Dave & Alina Buono (Texas: RV-7A) Mercedes Eulitt & Jeff Brooks (California: RV-6A) Delta Flight Scott & Deb Mills (Colorado: RV-9A) Scott & Tanya Card (Texas: RV-9A) Andrew Brandt (California: RV-9A) Echo Flight Gene & Janet Larsen (Iowa: RV-9A) Mark & Debbie Bantam (Kansas: T-18) Here's our itinerary that was changed due to weather (the Joplin tornado on May 22nd to be exact): Saturday (5/21): Departed SoCAL for Cleveland (OK) to visit friends Sunday (5/22): Departed Cleveland for Grove (OK) to visit friends Monday (5/23): Depart Grove for lunch with Geno & Robin Jezek in Ozark (MO) to Lambert's then to Osage Beach (MO) to visit friends Tuesday (5/24): Departed Osage Beach for Kokomo (IN) to visit friends Grove for Asheville (NC) then visited downtown Asheville. Wednesday (5/25): Visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville Thursday (5/26): Departed Kokomo Asheville (NC) to see the Biltmore Estate on Friday. to Louisville (GA) to see Pierre Smith
                 in the morning then into Atlanta to visit Mike "Kahuna" Stewart. Friday (5/27): Spent the day touring Atlanta with Michael "Moose" White Saturday: (5/28): Departed Asheville to ???? (my original plans just changed so not sure what to do) Spent the day with Team RV Sunday (5/29): Departed ??? to ??? Not sure where we will be but we plan Atlanta to Cedar Key (FL) for lunch then into Clearwater (FL)
               to visit friends Tuesday (5/31): Departed Clearwater to Venice (FL) for fuel/meet up with four other RVs who joined us to Key West for lunch                 then flew back along the Keys to Homestead (FL) Wednesday (6/1): Departed Homestead for the island of Great Exuma (ICAO MYEF), ~280nm, 2-hr flight to the Palm Bay Beach Club Wednesday (6/8): Departed Great Exuma, landing Fort Pierce (FL), clear customs continue to Foley (AL) Pensacola (FL) Thursday (6/9): Departed Foley (AL) Pensacola, landing Addison (TX: near Dallas) to visit friends Saturday (6/11): Departed Addison for Stephenville (TX) for lunch then landing Pecan Plantation in Granbury (TX) to visit friends Sunday (6/12): Departed Grandbury, landing SoCAL around 1530 local time Here is our ground track to the Bahamas: Here's our progress to California having landed in Dallas after an overnight in Pensacola, FL; Here's the last leg we flew home from Dallas to SoCAL on Sunday, June 12, 2011;

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