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Dan Moore briefly landed his Beechcraft Bonanza A36 airplane at the Kentucky Dam Village State Park Airport at approximately 9 a.m. today as part of his goal to touch down at 110 airports in 24 hours.
On Moore's social media page, 110 Airports, he explained the significance of the date and the number of airports: “I chose Sept. 11 as the date of my world record attempt in order to honor and remember those who lost their lives in the tragic attack on Sept. 11, 2001. My goal of 110 airports is to pay tribute to the 110 floors of the World Trade Center.”
Moore's journey began at 5 a.m. and the first airport landing was at the Tri City Regional Airport in Blountville, Tennessee. As of 3 p.m. he had landed at nearly 50 airports. His goal is to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Airfields Visited in 24 Hours by a Fixed-Wing Aircraft,' which is currently set at 87.
Moore has been flying planes for 30 years, 22 of those as a professional pilot, and before today's journey began he had logged nearly 10,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft models.
Anyone interested may follow his journey and check for regular updates on his Facebook page where he's checking in coordinates each time he lands.
RACHEL KELLER COLLINS/The Tribune-Courier