A Colorado attorney’s name is in the record books after flying his airplane from the nation’s highest airport in Leadville to its lowest in Death Valley, California. But for Kent Holsinger, a natural resources lawyer, the flight was just as much about the journey as it was the speed record.
On June 1, Holsinger set a world speed record in his plane category flying from Leadville Airport, which sits at 9,927 feet above sea level, to Death Valley’s Furnace Creek Airport at 210 feet below sea level. In his single-engine plane, Holsinger made the 530-mile run in 3 hours, 13 minutes, with an average speed of 161 mph. The National Aeronautic Association con Holsinger’s record claim was valid but had not yet certified it. The previous record for the run — 4 hours 13 minutes with an average speed of 147.54 mph — had stood since 1995.