Suplus' retro-tech endeavor recalls the early days of open-cockpit aviation, when speeds were relatively low but danger was always high. In his 2011 round-the-world attempt, Surplus traveled through 18 different countries over the course of several months - more than 13,000 miles in total. He flew over deserts and forest fires and once crash landed in a lake in Thailand.
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The North American journey will hopefully be less eventful. Norman is set to depart this morning from McMinnville Municipal Airport in Oregon. The actual record attempt will start from the nearby Tillamook Airport, after which Surplus will travel over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Massachusetts and Maine.
The Canadian and North Atlantic legs of the journey will commence thereafter, as details concerning airspace and logistics are worked out.