Flight to Alaska  by Mustang II - Trip III
and the "Final Five" States
Experimental Airplane N727RH - Summer, 2006

 
WARNING: Proper flight planning and preparation is required for all flights to and in Alaska.
Attempting to fly this route or duplicate this trip would obviously be AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Updated July 8, 2006

Flight to Alaska by Mustang II - Trip III

Flight North to Alaska
Day 1 : 26 May, 2006
Olive Branch, MS - Garden City, KS - Cheyenne, WY - Ogden, UT - Wells, NV - Boise, ID
Loading to leave Mississippi
Loading to leave
Mississippi

(107 KB)
Rick about to start the Mustang's third trip to Alaska
Rick about to start
the Mustang's third
trip to Alaska

(106 KB)
Garden City Kansas
Garden City,
Kansas

(69 KB)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Cheyenne,
Wyoming

(103 KB)
Wyoming
Wyoming

Enroute to Ogden
a very turbulent leg
(125 KB)
On Final at Ogden, Utah
Ogden, Utah

On final to runway 3
(145 KB)
Ramp at Ogden, Utah
Ogden ramp

(84 KB)
The Great Salt Lake, Utah
Great Salt Lake

(74 KB)
GPS view of The Great Salt Lake
GPS view of
The Great Salt Lake

(123 KB)
The Great Salt Lake Desert
The Great Salt
Lake Desert

(94 KB)
Approaching Wells, Nevada
Approaching
Wells, Nevada

(42 KB)
Wells, Nevada ramp
Wells, Nevada

View southwest
(81 KB)
Wells, Nevada ramp
Wells, Nevada

View east
(135 KB)
Departing Wells, Nevada
Departing Wells,
NV

(79 KB)
Boise Idaho ramp
Boise, Idaho

(116 KB)
Boise Idaho ramp
Boise, Idaho

(139 KB)
Flight Tracking screen prints:
"Thank you" to John Nunley and Leslie Henry for capturing these!
GCK-CYS   CYS-OGD   OGD-LWL   LWL-BOI
Now that was a full day of Mustang II flying...

Day 2 : 27 May, 2006 and "the 49th State"
Boise, ID - Baker City, OR - Spokane, WA - Cranbrook, BC - Whitecourt, AB
Approaching Baker City, Oregon
Baker City,
Oregon

(132 KB)
Baker City, Oregon ramp
Baker City,
Oregon ramp

Wind gusting to 30 knots
(146 KB)
Icing conditions
Icing conditions

To be avoided!
Climbing to 11,000'
didn't clear the tops
(94 KB)
Ice on wings
Ice

This formed very quickly!
Seattle Center gave
me an immediate descent
(86 KB)
Spokane, Washington
Spokane,
Washington

"49th State" landing
just moments away...
(221 KB)
Spokane, Washington ramp - home of EAA Chapter 79
Spokane,
Washington

"49th State" attained
(169 KB)
EAA Chapter 79 home.
Newsletter with article
"Hohner's Corner"
about my arrival
(on pg. 2, column 2)
Rain showers enroute to Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Rain showers

enroute to Cranbrook,
British Columbia,
Canada
(127 KB)
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Cranbrook

British Columbia,
Canada. Cleared
Customs via cell phone
(123 KB)
VFR flight in the British Columbia mountain passes
VFR flight in the
mountain passes

British Columbia
No more fooling with
ice today
(134 KB)
British Columbia - Spectacular scenery!
British Columbia

Spectacular scenery!
(211 KB)
Terrain display on Garmin GPS
Terrain display

On Garmin GNS 430
Came in quite handy
(144 KB)
British Columbia snow showers
Snow showers

British Columbia,
Canada
(159 KB)
British Columbia mountains
Mountains

British Columbia,
Canada
(163 KB)
Calgary, Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

(259 KB)
Alberta rain showers
Rain showers

in Alberta.
Many hours of deviating
(92 KB)
Alberta rainbow
Alberta rainbow

(107 KB)
Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada
Whitecourt, Alberta

Left base for runway 11
(155 KB)
Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada
Whitecourt, Alberta

A busy firefighting and
oil drilling support airport
(155 KB)
Flight Tracking screen prints:
Again, "Thank you" to John and Leslie!
BOI-BKE   BKE-SFF  

Day 3 : 28 May, 2006
Whitecourt, AB - Ft. St. John, BC - Ft. Nelson, BC - Whitehorse, YT
Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Dawson Creek, BC

British Columbia
Mile 0 of The
Alaska Highway
(185 KB)
Ft. St. John, BC, Canada
Ft. St. John, BC

Downwind for runway 11
(186 KB)
Ft. Nelson, BC, Canada
Ft. Nelson, BC

Starting base turn for
runway 25
(144 KB)
Alone, Instrument Meteorological Conditions at 16,000'
IMC at 16,000'

Non-radar, no comm
in white-out conditions
above the snow and ice
approaching Liard River
(141 KB)
Entering the Yukon Territory, Canada
Entering The Yukon

Still IMC, no comm,
preparing an IFR position
report over Watson Lake
(192 KB)
A glimpse of the Yukon below
Glimpse of Yukon

First ground contact in
over two hours.
Very brief
(125 KB)
Sun and snow at 16,000'
Sun and snow

Now 2 1/2 hours after
takeoff the whiteout
is tapering off
(70 KB)
On the ILS to runway 31L at Whitehorse, YT
ILS to 31L
Whitehorse, YT

Picked up a little ice
in the descent
(148 KB)
On final to runway 31L at Whitehorse, YT
Final to 31L
Whitehorse

Nice to have the bad
weather behind me
(130 KB)
Camping at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
Camping at
Whitehorse

Great weather!
26 F / -3C overnight
Too bad the camping
area is now fenced...
(photo taken next
morning) (186 KB)

Day 4 : 29 May, 2006
Whitehorse, YT - Anchorage, AK
Departing Whitehorse
Departing
Whitehorse

View south, heading
west climbing to 10,000'
(160 KB)
Terrain west of Whitehorse
West of
Whitehorse

Much of the route
along The Highway
appeared similar to this
(199 KB)
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake

approaching Burwash.
Alaska Highway visible
14 miles south
(140 KB)
Entering Alaska
Entering Alaska

37 NM southeast of
Northway. Anchorage
exactly 2 hours away
1+30 after takeoff
(210 KB)
Alaska pipeline
Alaska Pipeline

Running north-south
upper right to lower
left in photo near
Gulkana
(140 KB)
Tazlina Lake and Glacier
Tazlina Lake

and glacier
110 NM / :50 northeast
of Anchorage
(134 KB)
Matanuska glacier
Matanuska glacier

75 NM / :35 northeast
of Anchorage
(256 KB)
Matanuska glacier
Matanuska glacier

(178 KB)
Chugach mountains
Chugach mountains

55 NM / :25 northeast
of Anchorage
(268 KB)
On final to Anchorage International, runway 14
Anchorage
International

Runway 14
(186 KB)
Unloaded baggage
Baggage

(186 KB)
Flight Tracking
CYXY-PANC
(Non-radar)

Summer in Alaska
Lake George Glacier
Lake George
Glacier

east of Anchorage
(162 KB)
Knik Glacier
Knik Glacier

40 NM / :15 northeast
of Anchorage
(275 KB)
East Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier
East Fork
Kahiltna Glacier

Approaching
Mt. McKinley
(214 KB)
North Face of Mt. McKinley looking up from 12,500'
North Face

of Mt. McKinley
Looking up from
12,500' (149 KB)
Gennie and Rick flying down the Ruth glacier
Gennie

flying down the
Ruth Glacier with
my daughter-in-law
(170 KB)
Two Mustang IIs at Palmer, Alaska
Two Mustang IIs

Pat Thorall
at Palmer, Alaska
(134 KB)
Salmon fishing
Salmon fishing

Lake Creek, AK
(167 KB)
Tim's King Salmon catch
Tim's King
Salmon catch

(115 KB)
Parked at Anchorage International airport
Parked at
Anchorage

(139 KB)
Spenard Lake / Lake Hood at 11:15 PM
Spenard Lake

(next to Lake Hood)
at 11:15 PM
(191 KB)

See the Alaska 2005 flight , Alaska 2005 Journal / Story , Alaska 2002 flight
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