After an epic journey of nearly 3 months, IFFR members John Ockenfels and Peter Teahan have successfully completed their Around the World Flight to End Polio mission, landing back where they started in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, exactly on schedule, at 09.00 CDT on Saturday 30 July. We give thanks for their safe return.
John and Peter have completed around 165 hours flying time in their Cessna 210, N732WP, since leaving Cedar Rapids in May. They have encountered a variety of challenges, mechanical, medical and meteorological on their journey – but, with the assistance of many IFFR members and Rotarians around the world, they have overcome them all to arrive home safely on the date originally planned. As they made their way home across the Pacific, their longest over water flight was from American Samoa to Honolulu – an incredible 2,764 miles flown in 16 hours 49 minutes – even further than the 2,390 mile,14 hour 10 minute flight from Hawaii to California!
John and Peter have raised well over $1 million for End Polio Now already but are looking to boost that total further. You can make donations on their https://www.flighttoendpolio.com/ website.
Thanks also go to the many IFFR members who organized fund-raising events for John and Peter, or who hosted and supported them in other ways in the USA, in Europe and in Australia.
- Watch the live Facebook coverage from their homecoming; or
- Read a more detailed account in the Cedar Rapids Gazette;
- Read how they were greeted in Pago Pago, American Samoa; and
- See more pictures from around the world in their photo album.
And let’s also recognise all of the Flying Rotarians (too many to mention by name) who organized fund-raising events for John and Peter, or who hosted and supported them in other ways in the USA, in Europe and in Australia.
Flying Rotarians – great fellowship, amazing new aviation-related experiences and awesome Rotary service!
Welcome home, John and Peter!