Billy Graham is heading home.A hearse carrying the body of the Charlotte-born evangelist is part of a 10-car motorcade that departed late morning Saturday from Asheville’s Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. It should get to Charlotte around 2:20 p.m., although that time is fluid. And at about 3 p.m., the procession is scheduled to arrive at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.That’s where funeral and burial services will be held next Friday for the man who started life on a dairy farm near what is now Park Road Shopping Center and went on to become a globe-trotting preacher of the Gospel and a pastor to several U.S. presidents.To many in western North Carolina, Graham, 99, who died last Wednesday morning at his longtime home in Montreat, was a neighbor. Some of them rose early for the chance to be among the first Graham admirers to pay their respects.Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Black Mountain Saturday morning as Graham left his beloved Blue Ridge Mountains haven for the last time.Only the sounds of clicking cell phones, the whir of two helicopters circling overhead and a few “thank yous” broke the silence as a procession of two black Cadillac hearses and a half-dozen black SUVs moved down East State Street toward Interstate 40.“Millions of people would love to be here right now but can’t,” a woman in the crowd whispered to her companions as a State Highway Patrol escort of eight motorcycles came into view. “And here we are, just (living) 15 minutes away. That’s huge, ain’t it?”The gathering crowd held mostly local residents, but Ann Lyons had flown in from Texas for the procession. Her minister grandfather had known Graham, and the family has deep roots in Montreat, the small town in a mountain cove where the Grahams had lived for more than 60 years.“Montreat’s a special place,” Lyons said. “You can still feel that small-town feeling.”Lindsay Higgins, on the other hand, had lived just a few doors down from Graham since moving to Montreat from San Diego three years ago, seeking a quieter place to raise her two children. She never got to meet the famous evangelist as his health declined, but said it was “special just knowing he was nearby.“It’s very sad,” said Higgins, 33. “You can definitely feel it in Montreat. Just knowing that he’s not here — there aren’t enough people like him in the world, so it’s really sad.”Lynda Davis, 69, a former housekeeper for Graham gospel singer George Beverly Shea, sat with a hand-lettered, neon-yellow sign beside her folding chair. “Well done thou good and faithful servant,” it said of the man Davis calls “our Mr. Billy.”Like so many local people, Davis has a treasured memory of the Grahams. Hers dates to 20-some years ago, when she was asked to the Graham home to sing at a funeral service for their longtime groundskeeper.“I felt like I was standing on hallowed ground — I could hardly sing,” she said. “I sang ‘How Beautiful Heaven Must Be’ — barely got it out.”Davis was struck by how h
Billy Graham funeral motorcade heads to Charlotte, N.C.
Pilot Vlog 162. Flying the Cessna Citation XLS private jet to charlotte, Nc. During this flight we have the ATC communications recorded and cockpit video of the takeoff and landings. The sidestep is part of an instrument approach clearance where the pilot is cleared for an approach to one runway but, to land on a parallel runway once it’s in sight. If you were on a visual approach, you would just request the other runway and be cleared for a visual approach to that runway, if available. Just before the hand-off to Charlotte Tower we were cleared for the visual approach to 36L. So, we should have just request 36R.
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