Wei Chen, aborad “The Memphis Wei”, has turned the corner and is headed for home in his quest to be the first Chinese citizen to circle the globe in a single engine plane. Since our last update, Chen has made stops in Vientiane, Laos (6/30), Hong Kong (7/3), Changsha (Chen’s Birthplace) (7/7), Xian (7/10), Beijing (7/11) and Harbin (7/14), China, Sakhalin (7/17) and Chetvertyy Okolotok (7/18), Russia and, right on schedule, Anchorage, Alaska on 7/19.
Chen was the first person to fly a single-engine airplane through China and the first single-engine general aviation airplane to obtain clearance to land at Beijing Capital International Airport on July 11. His tour through China garnered a great amount of media attention, giving a big boost for general aviation in that country.
The journey’s final leg will include stops in Ketchikan, Alaska, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oshkosh, WI and finally back to Memphis on July 29. A welcome home party is scheduled for 11 am on July 29 at the Wilson Air Center. The city and county mayors are expected to attend along with Chinese state television CCTV and Elgen M. Long who made the first flight around the world over both poles in 1971.