After Lt Col Donald P Taylor retired from the US Air Force in 1962, he began his
quest to fly round-the-world. With the help of John Thorp, Lycoming, Sensenich and
his wife, Lois, Don built his Thorp T-18 homebuilt aircraft. His first
round-the-world flight attempt ended in 1973 when bad weather between Japan and the
Aleutians helped him make the decision to abort his flight 4,000 miles short of his goal.
Don needed to raise money to finance a second RTW attempt and to retrofit his
aircraft with a new wet-wing in lieu of his existing baggage compartment fuel tank.
Amongst other aircraft improvements, he also had to up-grade his radio navigation
equipment, instrumentation and cowling air intake. Necessity forced Don's creativity.
He obtained the sponsorship of MK Products and its founder, Mike Kensrue who supplied
him with the necessary financing and a worldwide link of MK dealers who whould support
his round-the-world flight.
MK Products (Irvine CA) manufactures an advanced line of computerized welding
machines which automated the settings for orbital tube welding. Their line of Cobramatic
wire feeders have world-wide recognition. For their sponsorship of Don's RTW flight, MK
Products got world-wide notoriety.
Don's second RTW flight began on August 1, 1976 from Wittman Field in Oshkosh WI.
He flew his homebuilt round-the-world returning to Oshkosh on October 1, 1976 setting
a new aviation milestone for a light-class homebuilt aircraft. Don Taylor's tenacity and
courage carried him through his flight. His dream, "I will build an airplane, and I
will fly it round-the-world," had come true.
Departed Oshkosh, WI 08/01/76
Goose Bay, Labrador
Kula Lumpur, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Cold Bay, AK
White Horse, Canada
Fort Saint John, Canada
Arrived Oshkosh, WI 10/01/76