Mooney Seven Charlie Foxtrot

Today is a much lighter day than yesterday: just one 389 nautical mile leg to Boulder, CO (KBDU). At breakfast with Bill and Katie, we discuss the weather. Bill is flying to Mississippi for work, and will likely encounter rain and thunderstorms along the way. On the contrary, our weather to Boulder is absolutely perfect: blue skies, no wind, great visibility. After thanking Bill and Katie for their wonderful hospitality, we take off from Lincoln just behind Bill’s Cessna 182 and head west at 6,500 ft. As we are still climbing, we pass a Cessna 172 established at his cruising altitude — a nice reminder that the Mooney is faster than most single-engine piston aircraft.

From here on out, it’s just miles of farmland rolling past the windows: field after field of corn, occasionally interrupted by a cattle feedlot or a small town — usually centered around a…

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