TAM-5 Status Update: Aug 13th 6:20
We did it!
Gloria! Euphoria! Gloria! In excessive amounts.
One full day
plus two hours have gone by since TAM-5 landed in Ireland. My emotions
still swing from boisterous laughter to choking tears. It is hard to
believe that we really did it. I sure choked up a few minutes ago when
Les Hamilton handed me an email photograph showing TAM 5-and our Irish
crew in front of the Alcock and Brown Monument marker near their 1919
landing place on Roundstone Bog. I can now believe it! My dream about
flying a model across the Atlantic started more than 20 years ago. When
we started actual work on doing it 5 years ago, it seemed it would be
easy. A piece of cake! After 5 years of effort it was clear to me that
this is a really hard thing to do. I confess that when we arrived here
Aug 5th I put our odds at about 20% or lower. My wife and I were
philosophically prepared to throw 5 of those little red things into the
ocean and come home in sadness. We only threw one away before success.
Euphoria is what it is!
Not all is
joy here this morning, however. Joe Foster, Les Hamilton and Cyrus
Abdollahi have "cheap tickets" for a return on Aug 23rd. since we will
not be flying they want to go home. Air Canada has charged $640
for them to go home this Friday Aug 15th.
Why do I
tell you this? The reason is simple. STAR's bank account is skimming
the waves and will plunge negative. It should be obvious that although
we have reached our goal, we would still be pleased to receive new
contributions and memberships. If you are so inclined please mail your
check made out to S.T.A.R. and send it to
John Patton, Treasurer
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
If you get the impression
I am not ashamed of what we have done, you are right!
STAR was disbanded in February, 2004, and donations
are no longer being accepted.
LLH - 13 Oct 2004]