Welcome Home from South Africa, N300MF

N300MF on its arrival to Ft. Pierce, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

N300MF on its arrival to Ft. Pierce, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

The route of the trip from South Africa.

The route of the trip from South Africa.

After years of praying and planning, MFI's newest turbine DC-3 has made it home from South Africa. After a six-day trip halfway across the world, it arrived on the afternoon of May 16.

MFI pilots, Ian, Ray, and Kevin, flew the plane for between 6 and 8 hours per day for those six days. They anticipated the need to fly at 18,000 ft - meaning they would need to wear oxygen and brave the sub-zero temperatures at that altitude. Thankfully, the winds were favorable at 12,000 ft where they didn't need oxygen and the temperatures never got below 40F.

The trip overall was uneventful - exactly what was prayed for. The airplane performed perfectly with no major mechanical issues. It is now in the MFI maintenance hangar ready for months of refurbishment to get it ready to join the MFI fleet.

Taken by some friends in Fortaleza, Brazil - the fourth stop on the trip.

Taken by some friends in Fortaleza, Brazil - the fourth stop on the trip.