• Dear Beautiful:: A Self-Empowerment Book for Black Women (Volume 1)
    Dear Beautiful:: A Self-Empowerment Book for Black Women (Volume 1)
    by Gail L. Thompson Ph.D.
  • Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color
    Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color
    by Gail L. Thompson, Rufus Thompson

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I Am At Home In Fayetteville

I arrived in Fayetteville Thursday November 14, 2013 after an epic trek across the United States of America.  The trip was filled with excitement, wonderful experiences, interesting circumstances that training and support from my flight instructor, Nick Gambino and my brother, Kevin Beecher provided wonderful insight on.

I had great ground support.  You know flight instructors are teachers and we are always there students.  As I write this, I feel like I am ready to do it again!  It was a lifetime goal fulfilled!!  Thanks to all of my supporters.  I got to see my sister and fly in some of the busiest airspace in the country, Dallas FortWorth.  I have flown in Los Angeles airspace, San Diego airspace, Sacramento airspace, and the only others I want to try are Chicago, New York, and Boston.  Atlanta and Bermingham I visited already.

I get joy when I think about how God has blessed me.  It is exhilarating!  And not finally but most of the earthly credit goes to my wife Gail, who let me live my dream 10 years ago when I got my license and live anotehr dream by owning my own airplane.  She is a fantastic woman and knows how much this means to me.  I love her with all my heart and soul!  Keep looking at this site.  There will be more stories coming and maybe even the start of a book.   I am going to open it up to comments now.

Blessing to all!  I hitting the skies over North Carolina and the East Coast, South, and the Islands over the next few years.



My Brother, Kevin & Wife Lupe and my grandson Iveren

My brother from another mother, his wonderful wife Lupe, and my awesome grandson Iveren in front of the airplane I am flying across the country. Kevin sold me the airplane and it is good hands. He took care of it as he does everything he is associated with love, respect, dedication, and hard work. He and Lupe are blessings to all that encounter them.


Flying Over The Mighty Mississippi

Flying over the Mississippi over a mile up! from Rufus Thompson on Vimeo.

Rufus Thompson

"Even though we see things differently, we are all part of the same soup."
Rufus Thompson 1982


Nice meeting with the Owner of the FBO in Sweetwater Texas

I flew into Avenger Field in Sweetwater Texas. It is a beautiful airport with great runways and a very successful operator of the FBO there who quit his full time job because of his commitment to furthering education. If you are flying from California or any state into Texas, make sure you visit the WASP museum and also buy some fuel from the Avenger FBO. Bob Elliot is very welcoming and gives discounts for weekends and holidays. I was his first customer under the new program. His fuel prices were the cheapest I paid in my trip from California to Texas. is the FBO website. Safe flying!


More Pictures Flying Across Texas