Archive for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

25 years ago: KU aerospace grad helps with Voyager round-the-world flight

January 3, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 3, 1987:

  • Doug Shane, a 1982 Kansas University graduate in aerospace engineering, was enjoying the experience of a lifetime in flying the chase plane for Voyager Aircraft's around-the-world mission. Shane had flown to Kenya for a mid-air rendezvous with the twin-engine plane, which he had accompanied for about half an hour while looking for damage and talking to the pilots. "We're trained to fly in to about 30 or 40 feet," Shane explained. He had investigated a possible fuel leak from the air, but "everything turned out to be OK." There were two such chase flights during the nine-day flight of the Voyager.
  • Three major studies of Lawrence traffic patterns were in progress, but final results were still weeks away. A proposed downtown mall and a planned southern Lawrence bypass interchange were being investigated for their impact on local traffic. Preliminary results were soon to be released on a long-awaited general KDOT study of traffic in and out of Lawrence, called an origin-destination study. "Our study isn't connected with bypass," said a KDOT transportation planner. "We've had this study planned for a number of years. That they happened at the same time is just coincidental."


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