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There is no doubt that I am an obsessive counter and list-checker-offer, probably to the point of unhealthiness. I count the number of US counties I’ve visited (trying to visit all 3,143), World Heritage sites, and not content with just counting COUNTRIES, I track my progress on the 875 geographical places of Most Traveled People.
So naturally, I also track the airports I’ve been to (and in fact, every flight I’ve ever taken). So much so, that I wrote a whole post comparing the different sites to track your flights. I’m willing to be convinced of a better option, but I currently use openflights.org – one thing I like about them is that they easily allow you to export your flights into a non-proprietary format.
and here are my personal stats (as of this writing)
Anyone have me beat with a shorter flight than 11 miles? I did it by helicopter 🙂
Tracking my airports visited
A few months ago, I talked with Matt Groves, who had just completed visiting an airport whose code started with all 26 letters of the alphabet (ending with Queretaro, Mexico)
At that point, I was still missing E, G, K, Q, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.
Finding 3 new airports
So I was reading PWaC contributor Sam’s post on his blog about how he earned his JetBlue promotion, which required just 1 flight on Jet Blue. He flew JFK-HYA (Hyannis Port, Massachusetts), which reminded me of the time that I once visited all 67 counties in the 6 New England States in 27 hours.
Because Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are each their own counties, this trip was a little trickier than the time that I visited all 88 Ohio counties in 24 hours. We ended up parking our car at the Hyannis / Barnstable airport (HYA), then taking a taxi to Woods Hole and stayed the night. The next morning, we took the first ferry of the day to Martha’s Vineyard, then a taxi to the airport (MVY), started the timer when we had “wheels up” at MVY on a flight to Nantucket (ACK), then the next flight back to Hyannisport, where we got in a car and drove for the next 25 hours (approximate route mapped out below)
You can watch our trip in the Youtube video below
That’s a 20 minute time lapse video of our 27 hour trip from back in 2010 (a shot taken from a camera on the dash every 6 seconds). You can read the full writeup of our adventures here
I realized that I had not tracked those 2 flights (3 airports) so I went ahead and added them
Unfortunately, HYA, MVY and ACK leave me with no new airport letters gotten! Guess I’ll have to wait for my upcoming trip to El Paso (ELP) to get a new airport letter!