Pilot Circles the Globe – Twice

It adds a whole new meaning to the word overlanding. For the past decade, pilot Bob Gannon has flown his Cessna 182, Lucky Lady Too, around the world––twice, once in each direction. Having landed his plane more than 1,200 times in more than 100 countries, he is easily one of the most well traveled adventurers in the world. He has flown to every state in the US, and even flew over the North Pole. Claiming to be more lucky than skilled, he overcame what would seem to be insurmountable challenges to complete his journey. Failed parts, storms, limited fuel supplies, and miles of red tape all conspired to disrupt or halt his journey, but Gannon managed to wiggle his way around those obstacles. It’s an impressive example yet once again, that the desire to travel can trump all.

His list of challenges and setbacks is extensive starting with the crashing of his first plane, perhaps not so aptly named, Lucky Lady. Often sleeping under the wing of his plane, Gannon traveled light saving little room for gear. He was often forced to sacrifice limited cockpit space for extra fuel and spares. When asked if he planned to continue his travels, Gannon said he may stay grounded for a little while longer, but then added, “not much longer.”




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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.