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By Mike Rothgeb
The Creswell Chronicle 

Kyle Bushman and the Vintage Air Rally: Across the Americas in 45 days


June 7, 2018

Mike Rothgeb/The Creswell Chronicle

Pleasant Hill's Kyle Bushman sits in a Navy N3N Biplane - the plane he and Bryan Harper, of Junction City, will use to retrace the 1920s airmail routes from Argentina to Florida in November as they participate in the Vintage Air Rally.

On Dec. 17, 1903 in North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright performed their debut flight for a distance of 852 feet, in 59 seconds. This landmark achievement paved the way for modern airplanes. On Nov. 1, 2018, 115 years later, Kyle Bushman, 25, of Pleasant Hill and Bryan Harper, 30, of Junction City will undertake the daunting task of the Vintage Air Rally.

The Vintage Air Rally is an endurance competition starting at the southernmost airport in Argentina and ending in Florida, spanning 19 countries in 45 days. Bushman and Harper will travel in a Navy N3N Biplane and retrace 1920s airmai...

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