Chasing Lewis & Clark

Chasing Lewis & Clark


Chasing Lewis and Clark in a "flying green canoe" is the topic for the third lecture in the Florida Air Museum's Aviation Expressions series.

In 2003, pilot and photographer Ron Lowery (along with author and co-pilot Mary Walker) began a 14,000 mile journey in Ron's kit-built airplane retracing and photographing the route of Lewis and Clark. From an open cockpit about the width of a canoe, they spent three months following a watery river highway across the country, landing on Indian reservations and ranchers' grass strips.

Lowery's presentation includes photographs from their adventure that provide a captivating view of our country's magnificent landscape-a view that cannot be seen from an interstate or the window of an airliner. A behind the scenes video details preparations for the trip, from the construction of the plane to creative and logistical challenges and shows what life was like along the trail.

"I built this plane for two reasons-first for photography, second for exploring," says Lowery. "For the past three months, I have flown over landscapes that never repeated but evolved like the view through a kaleidoscope."

Whether you are interested in history, aviation, photography, travel or just enjoy a good adventure from the comfort of a chair, this multi-media presentation of their 3-month photographic odyssey will allow you to board their "flying green canoe" and join them on their journey.

Mr. Lowery will answer photographic, aviation and travel questions about the Lewis and Clark trip and how others can plan their own version of retracing the journey. The audio-visual presentation is based on his book detailing their adventure, Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America: A 21st Century Aviation Adventure.

Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America is Lowery and Walker's aerial salute to the courageous expedition of the Corps of Discovery during the 200th Anniversary of the epic journey. Their story and visual feast of photographs-with its rich blend of American history, art, culture and a touch of romance-will nourish your patriotic soul.

Lowery will present his Aviation Expressions Lecture at the Florida Air Museum at Sun 'n Fun on January 19, 2007 at 7yikes0 pm, with refreshments served at 6yikes0 pm. General admission is $12.00, $8.00 for Florida Air Museum Members, $6.00 for students, free for ages 12 and under. To reach the Sun 'n Fun Campus, drive-in traffic should use County Line Road to West Pipkin. Fly-in traffic should request taxi to Sun 'n Fun after touchdown at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Sun 'n Fun, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Lakeland, Florida, is best known for its annual Fly-In held each April. The event draws more than 160,000 people and 4,000 aircraft to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, creating an economic impact of more than $27 million in Lakeland and Polk County. The Fly-In is the primary source of funding for Sun 'n Fun's expanding year-round aviation education programs. These include operation of the Florida Air Museum, the state's "Official Aviation Museum and Education Center," which is also supported through grants from the Division of Historical Resources and Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State. In addition, Sun 'n Fun has initiated education programs for aviation enthusiasts of all ages - especially young people - featuring valuable "hands on" learning experiences. A growing scholarship program provides financial support to ensure Sun 'n Fun's education programs are accessible to all. For more information, access Sun 'n Fun's website ( or call Donna Gabriel at the Sun 'n Fun offices (863-644-2431, ext. 112).

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