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Winter Speaker Series Program
Ron Lowery- Chasing Lewis and Clark Across America: A 21st Century Aviation Adventure
November 29, 2005 - 7:00 pm CST


   
 

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Ron Lowery and fellow pilot Mary Walker flew a kit-built plane to retrace the epic journey of Lewis and Clark in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery's odyssey. Using rivers to guide them, these modern-day pioneers crossed the magnificent prairies and western mountains of America along a historic route that is still endlessly fascinating.

To fly this exceptional route, the two used a plane called Cloud Chaser, which was originally designed for National Geographic magazine on photographic expeditions of Africa. Lowery, with the help of his son, Alan, spent 1,800 hours and three years building Cloud Chaser. The lightweight aircraft is equipped with twin 100-horsepower engines and a large wing, resulting in tremendous power and weight capacity. In the open cockpit the pilot sits far forward of the landing gear, which enabled Lowery to photograph without the obstruction of wings, struts, and landing gear, even when using a wide-angle lens. The plane could be slowed to an airspeed of only 45 mph, allowing him to frame and focus on scenes of incredible beauty.

Lowery's fascinating account of this journey will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, in the Museum's Vette Theater. 

 

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