Gus McLeod's Solo Pole to Pole Flight Scrubbed Due to Contaminated Fuel Line; Next Attempt at Historic Flight Must Wait Until Spring

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The unknown contaminate that was found in "Firefly's" fuel supply has forced the postponement of Gus McLeod's historic Pole to Pole solo flight. All of the fuel tanks and lines must now be "scrubbed and cleaned." The contaminated fuel has been sent for testing.

It was probably one of the most difficult decisions Gus McLeod has ever made… the decision to postpone his historic solo flight from Pole to Pole.

In today’s interview, McLeod said, “There are times when circumstances are beyond your control and the only thing to do is to bow to the inevitable. Certainly the failure of the "Firefly's" nose gear was a bad omen. In and of itself, it was not a show stopper. The contamination I found in the tanks yesterday is another matter. As of now, I do not know what the contaminate is, nor how it got there. But its presence in the fuel system and engine requires that I partially disassemble the aircraft to correct the damage. Although this process is not difficult, it is very time consuming. It will take more time than I have in order to make the North & South Poles this season. Fortunately, the Poles are not going anywhere and they will be there this spring." The contaminated fuel has been sent for testing.

“Let there be no doubt, Gus is still going!” said Steve Rosenberg, McLeod’s publicist. “Gus said, ‘making this decision was like being eviscerated with a dull knife. But there is no other choice in the matter.’ Updates on the contaminate shall be forthcoming. When all is well with the aircraft, Gus will still fly it to the Coast and back for a test flight. “I even hope to try for an altitude record in Firefly this winter,” said McLeod. “The adventure and fun continues, stay with me and ride the ups, the downs, the twists and the turns of an aviation odyssey. It's not always what I want it to be, but I can assure you, it won’t be boring.”

This coming spring, Gus will go for the Pole to Pole prize. It has been an elusive and difficult goal so far. But why do it if it isn’t hard?    The team’s eye is still on that prize and Gus is still holding the course.

“There are so many people that make adventures like this possible ... you know who you are and I wish to thank you all,” said McLeod. “I'd like to thank two in particular though ... Steve Rosenberg at SMRosenberg & Associates who edited the blogs and sent out all the press releases, and Bill Shackford at Honda of Bowie, my local sponsor.”

Finally, Gus is once again available to speak to your group about his Y2000 North Pole Adventure, the Amazing Race, or even what he must do to complete this adventure in the Spring. Please contact Steve Rosenberg of SMRosenberg & Associates at 703.354.7833 for appearance information.

Gus’s Y2000 flight to the North Pole was chronicled in both a National Geographic “Explorer” television special and “Solo to the top of the world,” from Smithsonian Books, written by McLeod.

For further updates or to schedule an interview with Gus McLeod, contact Steve Rosenberg at (703) 658.1302 or email

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