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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Cessna 421

Cessna 421 over Lake Travis

The Cessna 421 is what a typical private plane should be. It can carry six people 1,500 miles in six hours, not four people crammed into a tiny cabin covering half that distance. A used 421 costs about the same as a new Skyhawk, about $400K.

But the reason we have it here is because this photo was taken over Lake Travis, just northwest of Austin, Texas. I spent a fair amount of time there when I lived in Austin back in the late 1970's. I tried to locate this scene on Google Maps but I didn't have any luck. There are a zillion twists and turns in the Colorado River, plus Lake Travis is a reservoir so the water level goes up and down which can change the appearance drastically. Note that this Colorado River is not the same one that goes through the Grand Canyon.


Anonymous said...

Same source, different side of the Rockies.

Chuck Pergiel said...

I can find no connection between the southwest Colorado River and the Texas one. The one in Texas in fully contained in the state. The southwest one doesn't come anywhere near Texas.

Anonymous said...

Didn't say there's a connection.
Each sources from the continental divide, but one raindrop can end up in Baja, the other in the gulf of Mexico.
See what I mean?

Anonymous said...

That's a sweet looking aircraft. Probably a joy to fly too. Ohio Guy

xoxoxoBruce said...

Glad the gators didn't get you at Travis.

Chris said...

I lived in Travis Landing for a couple of years, so I am looking for my house by the lake. But I'm not seeing anything familiar. So I think this may be over Lakeway. Nice plane.