Volunteer Begins 50th Anniversary Flight

Following in the footsteps of great aviators, Robert Briggs and his family will commemorate his 50th year of flying by landing at every airport in his home state of Iowa.

DES MOINES, IA – Coming soon, to an airport near you – Des Moines native Robert Briggs will celebrate his 50th year of piloting by landing his Piper Archer PA-28 at all 116 airports in his home state of Iowa – for the second time!

Briggs hopes the journey will raise awareness, and money, for LifeLine Pilots, a mid-western, non-profit, volunteer pilot organization that coordinates free flights for needful people.

“My brother died at age 16 from leukemia,” says Briggs. “I have a very strong interest in assisting those with cancer’s malady or whatever forms of disease.”

Briggs will be repeating a journey he made 25 years ago, commemorating his quarter-century of aviation. His mother and daughter joined him the last time. This time he will be accompanied by his daughter and 10-year-old grandson, Russel.

Although Russel has not specifically expressed an interest in piloting, Briggs said, ’Papa Bob’ is certainly going to help permit any interest (in flying) to flourish!”

Briggs is a lifelong aviation enthusiast and experienced pilot. He flew for a major shipping company for 32 years and has trained on many different aircraft. He has over 12,000 pilot-in-command hours and holds the Guinness World Record for most FAA aircraft pilot type ratings (105). His passion now is using his talent to help those less

Make sure to follow LifeLine Pilots on Facebook and Instagram for updates on Briggs’ progress. Visit our website at www.lifelinepilots.org for more information about the services provided. Donations in honor of Briggs’ journey will be shared on social media. Click here to make a donation.