Wings Across America 2008: The Journey of the SQuiRT, Fun Artifacts
The SQuiRT’s travel case not only contained the necessary flying equipment, but also some other items, just for fun.
Frank included the dog toy in the travel case as a joke; as he thought it would be funny for the hotdog to accompany the SQuiRT on its journey. Everyone but Frank’s dog enjoyed the joke; Frank had to buy his dog a new toy shortly after the SQuiRT left.
The SQuiRT would have never completed the 26,587 miles without the financial help from the pilots. The WAA-08 prop fund was set up to provide money for replacement parts. The pilot’s assistance fund was dedicated to paying for pilots’ gas since the plane had to be handed off from one pilot to the other. Both funds were based on the honor system and were kept track of by the WAA-08 treasurer. Donations kept the funds from running dry and kept the SQuiRT on its journey.
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