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Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels have announced that due to the world threat of the COVID-19 virus, the Flight to End Polio has been rescheduled to early July 2020.

Flight to End Polio pilot, Peter Teahen stated, “Our mission to raise awareness for polio eradication will be better served when the world community is not threatened by the COVID-19 virus.”

The Flight to End Polio, piloted by Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels, is a personal mission to raise awareness and $1,000,000 for polio eradication around the world. The two Cedar Rapids based pilots will fly Peter’s single engine Piper Lance aircraft all the way around the globe in 51 days. In the history of aviation, only 700 pilots have achieved this feat. Fewer than 300 of those pilots are alive today.

This rare flight around the world with stops in 17 countries is in partnership with Rotary International. Its purpose is to raise awareness for continued vaccination efforts to end polio forever. Peter and John were scheduled to take off from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 24, 2020. The flight is estimated to take more than 135 hours of actual flight time and cover 20,000 miles.

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