Reaching Peoria was quite easy as Mike Muller had prepared for us his backup GPS loaded with the Peoria field.
Arriving at the field was a great surprise with both the American and the French flags floating side by side in a gentle breeze.
Despite all the guys except me and Benoit had to wake up the day before at 1am to join the Paris CDG airport after a 5 to 6 hours trip by van, and had just a few hours rest, everything had been checked by 11 am, and we moved to the field .......
By 2pm, 7 flights had been flown, and the first part of the afternoon saw the guys fine tuning the engines for the low temperature we had....when I say low, I mean in the low 100 F, 38 degrees celsius, and quite no wind.
My main concern was to try to know where was the fuel shipped from Japan... Without any information, I kept on following our B plan, using the fuel Mike Muller had borrowed from a friend, and finding a local Hobby shop to try to get some more fuel.
Mike called Morgan Fuel, then Rich Verano ( YS USA) to confirm we could mix the fuel we had to get our required nitro percent content...
During the day, we met a few Members of the Peoria club. Bob Wilson and JD Keenan spent the day watching the flights.
Guys flew until 8pm, ignoring the fatigue and the jet lag.
After a shower and a light pasta diner, the chief had already left by 9, we were back at the hotel around 10pm.
I was ready to switch off the lights by 10.30 pm when on the in room phone, Ryan Smith called me to tell me he was in front of our hotel with 6 extra gallons of fuel Mike Muller asked him for the Team ...... again unbelievable !!!
He was just arriving from Champaign with his wife, and had to go back home on a one and an half our drive.
Thanks Ryan, we really appreciate ....