High-Flying Adventurer Comes Home

By Mark Heaslet
|  Sunday, Jan 9, 2011  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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High-Flying Adventurer Comes Home

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A local pilot returns to San Diego, where he left ten years ago on a high-flying adventure that took him to 155 countries.

Robert Gannon completed his 10-year odyssey at Gillespie Field on Saturday.

Gannon circled the globe twice in a 43-year-old single-engine Cessna, visiting places such as Iraq, Venezuela, Vietnam and the North Pole.

Gannon said the journey changed him a lot in the last ten years.

"I think it's probably made me more of a global citizen," Gannon said. "I get to see my own country and my own people through the eyes of other people. Contrary to what we might think the world loves Americans."

Gannon's journey was not continuous, along the way, he parked his plane at 40 different airports in the world.

He said he was motivated by "curiosity."
 

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