Lin Joyce, of Port Pirie, took The Recorder bag on a joy flight in a B-17 bomber aircraft in the United States of America.
The flight was available at the Experimental Aircraft Association annual airshow at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the USA.
He was with a group of 10 people, organised by Adam Wright of Victoria.
Mr Wright is a brother of Trevor, who operates Wrights air at William Creek – Lake Eyre area.
Before leaving Melbourne on July 20, Mr Joyce walked across the Park Royal Motel to find out where United Air booked in.
When he approached the security woman there and told her he was going to Los Angeles the next day with “The Writher Bros” she replied: “It would not be with Adam by chance, would it?”
She also lives at Boort, approximately 200 miles away. This is a small world!
While in Los Angeles in between bus rides, Mr Joyce asked a woman that was walking along the footpath where to catch the bus to Long Beach, as they were heading to Catalina.
For his surprise, her reply was: “Are you Australian?”
She then said she was also Australian, from a town called Port Pirie and jokingly asked him to behave himself!
After the unexpected surprise, the group hired three cars and drove 3220 miles.
On the way they saw many things including a 1100 feet tall Chicago tower, St Louis Arch and an aircraft factory.
They also visited a bombing sight in Oklahoma, took a helicopter flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
“It was a bit different driving on the other side of the road, but thanks to Tom Tom, it was made easier,” Mr Joyce said.