Flying Route 66

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  1. NealRomeoGolf

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    My sister did a bucket list item this summer and drove route 66 from CA to IL. So I wondered what it would look like to fly route 66 and stop at the airports along the way. I did a quick flight map and it looks like this:

    route 66.JPG

    I added 77 airports to the route starting as KSMO (Santa Monica) and ending at KMDW (Midway). Some of the airports I would need permission to land at, but mostly I picked public airports not marked (pvt) on the sectional.

    The Nav Log gives the route as 1,852.3 nm. I haven't tried to figure out how long it would take with such and such amount of flying per day and where the fuel stops would be. That is for another day.

    I know I am not the first to think of such a route. I have seen online where people have flown it. Has anyone on here done a Route 66 trip?
     
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    Cue Manhattan Transfer and/or Bobby Troup and Nat King Cole!
     
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    Be sure to stop at Santa Rosa New Mexico KSXU Runway 08 26 is on the old road
     
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    I stopped there once to wait out weather. Not much there but a truck stop you can walk to for lunch, dinner or even a shower. Apparently there is fuel there, but I couldn't tell for sure. Tucumcari is a better RON stop. I've flown Rt 66 end to end several times. Driven it as well. It's a fun trip on the ground or by light aircraft.

    Don't forget to stop here. https://www.uranusmissouri.com/

    You can land at Cuba, KUBX, and ask for a ride to see Uranus. There's even a fudge factory.
     
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    I was lucky to be able to fly along the old US 66 from Burbank, CA to the Arizona/New Mexico border and turn around at Gallup. I landed at every airport along the way and since Interstate 40 did not exist through most of Arizona, there were some cool airstrips along the highway. I think most of them were used by the traffic patrol airplanes that would follow cars along the road and time them to check their speed.

    Remember the timing paint stripes along the major highways? There was also a section of road that doubled as a runway and you could taxi up to the gas station. I don't remember where that was...

    There are some North-South concrete highways that run through Oklahoma and Kansas that pre-date the Interstate system and were some of the oldest paved roads in the US!
     
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    Now you go through Saint Looey
    Joplin, Missouri
    and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty
    You see Amarillo
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    Don't forget Winona
    Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino
     
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    Cool. One of the bucket list trips I am planing is to fly the Lewis and Clark trail.
     
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    Can you paste the list of airports in a post?
     
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    I will when I get back to my computer.
     
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    Airports I mapped West to East (some are marked "pvt" so it would take some coordination). And this is really going to annoy the ranters that don't like it when you just put the airport identifier without a name. ;)

    KSMO
    KEMT
    KCCB
    KONT
    KSBD
    L26
    KVCV
    KDAG
    5CA4
    CA90
    A09
    KEED
    KIGM
    3AZ5
    P23
    KCMR
    KFLG
    KINW
    P14
    KGUP
    KGNT
    E98
    KABQ
    1N1
    0E0
    KSXU
    KTCC
    E52
    KTDW
    KAMA
    2E7
    2F1
    O13
    KELK
    KCSM
    KCLK
    KOJA
    2O8
    KRQO
    KRCE
    KPWA
    KOKC
    KCQB
    KSUD
    3F7
    KRVS
    1H6
    KTUL
    O38
    KGCM
    H04
    KMIO
    KJLN
    MO9
    KSGF
    3DW
    KLBO
    MO1
    KTBN
    K07
    KUBX
    KUUV
    KSUS
    1H0
    KSTL
    KCPS
    3LF
    KSPI
    KAAA
    KBMI
    KPNT
    KDTG
    KJOT
    KLOT
    1C5
    KMDW
     
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    That'd be fun. .