Lucky Lady Too is a 1968 Cessna 182L, a Skylane model, powered by a Continental O-470-R engine that produces 230-hp at 2600 rpm at sea level. She has an STC for autogas and has flown as much as 12-½ hours over the ocean on autogas! To get out of Timbuktu, Mali, Africa, Bob had a camel pull a cart with a 55-gallon drum of car gas to fuel up. Two five-gallon plastic jerry cans were kept just behind the front seats and also two self-priming siphon hoses to transfer fuel from the barrel to the cans, then lift them to the wing and again siphon them into the tanks. Bob filtered fuel through a chamois cloth and carried a Mr. Funnel that aids in separating possible water in the fuel. In place of the two rear seats, a ferry tank with a capacity of 125 gallons was strapped down. On top of this tank was a high-frequency Kenwood HF ham radio to make position reports once out over the ocean and beyond land-based radio communication. The tuner for the HF radio is in her tail and the antenna is attached from her right wing to her tail and back to her fuselage. Between her two front seats, bolted to the floor, is a hand pump to pump the fuel from the cabin tank to the fuel line underneath the floor, below the pilot’s seat. About 300 strokes on the hand pump would allow me to transfer an hour’s worth of fuel up into the left wing where the fuel would then gravity flow into the engine.


His 182 has a no-name STOL kit and, while in Australia, Gannon installed vortex generators given to him by Micro AeroDynamics.