Signs such as this one are made heavy
and strong to resist the fierce Kansas
winds.
All Kansas Air Tour
April 1-7, 2008
80th Anniversay Reinactment
Some people get to make history, others are unknowingly a part of it and then there are those
of us fortunate enough to participate in a re-enactment.  Such is the story you are about to read,
AirBike Ace  participating in the All Kansas Air Tour re-enactment.

The original tour was initiated by Kansas State Govvernor, Ben Paulin who in 1928 led other
aviators on a state wide tour intended to establish Kansas' viability as the Air Capital of the World,
a moniker that was eventually applied only to the city of Wichita.

The re-enactment tour was to cover 1600 miles, 26 cities, 7 flying days and could include anyone
who want to fly in the tour.  Pilots could participate in a portion or all of the tour.  The re-enactment
was held on the same days and hosted by many of the same cities as the original tour. I planed to
fly the first two and last two legs of the tour as they were close to Wichita.
The Wichita Sectional shows
the first five stops after
leaving Wichita's Jabara
Airport. Severe weather
further west impacted the
tour causing a change in
plans.
Part of the flightline at McPherson airport.  Doug &
Sabrina Moler parked their Bonanza next to my
AirBike.  About 10 planes started from this staging
point.
McPherson Airport
On day one of the tour, I flew from
Derby to McPherson Airport to join up with
about 10 other pilots for the first flight leg to
Jabara Airport in Wichita.  The takeoff
temperature at Derby was 34 degrees and
the sun shone brightly.  The combination of
windchill at 60 MPH makes one appreciate
the dedication of those early air mail pilots
who also flew open cockpit planes.  Tough
guys they were!  However, none of my flight
legs lasted over an hour and there was hot
food and beverages at each destination.

En route to McPherson I visited Doug
Moler in Valley Center, I needed this stop
even though it was only 30 miles away, I
was cold!  An hour later after warming up
and drinking hot coffee I was on my way.
Now, a direct headwind at 500' AGL held
my ground speed to 45 MPH while the ASI
read 70 MPH!  Going higher meant stronger
headwinds.
While in the McPherson pattern I decided to land long
as the FBO  was at the far end of the 5500' runwy.  The
wind was blowing directly down the runway and the
parallel grass strip looked very inviting.  Overflying the
concrete at 10'
I drifted to the left and settled my tires down in the soft
newly mowen turf.
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