Mike Collins flew with pilot and aviation businessman Mike Laver around the world in a Mitsubishi MU–2 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the MU–2’s first flight. The 26,568 nautical mile journey required 98 hours of flight time.
More information and photos at Around the world in 25 days and MU-2 Round the World: Around the world, by the numbers. See also the AOPA Live video and the interactive DeLorme InReach tracking map.
Mike Collins is a long time professional photojournalist, currently the technical editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training. He’s also director of business operations for AOPA’s publishing activities, director of the International Society for Aviation Photography, and an instrument-rated private pilot.
The week’s aviation news:
David Vanderhoof’s Aircraft of the Week: the AgustaWestland AW-139 Helicopter.
In this week’s Australia Desk:
Steve’s back at last and Grant is very happy that he’s offered to do the editing. YAY! Once Steve manages to squeeze his funky wheel chair in behind the studio desk, the boys start chatting about the news and, wouldn’t you know it, here’s Qantas *sigh*:
In this week’s Across the Pond segment:
- Ryan’s C-9 variant of the DC-9 that visited Adelaide in 2009: photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, and his 717 trip report.
- The Naviator app.
Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.