World famous aviator visits Coos Bay students

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Students at Marshfield High School got a special visit from one of the school's most famous alumnus: Aviator Elgen Long.

Elgen Long first saw an airplane at the age of five, and made a promise to a friend. "When we grew up, we were going to get an airplane and we were going to go flying together," Long said.

And they did.

During his career, Long broke countless records and is best known for his taking the first solo flight around the world over both poles.

His research and writing have advanced navigation technology for the airlines.

Today, he says aviation has moved far beyond our universe. "It surpassed it, my fondest dreams more than came true," he said.

Long was recently asked to help in the search for Malaysian flight 370.

He also worked to explain the disappearance of Amelia Earheart, with a book and later a movie.

With new technology, he says finding her plane could happen soon. "We're going to solve this mystery and right here from Marshfield High School, you heard it first from me," he said.

An honorary graduate of Marshfield, Long toured the school's new Heritage Hall and paid a visit to an aviation history class.

Jordan Angers, an aviation history student, was pretty impressed. "He's incredible, and he's a great pilot," Angers said.

Long had one message to the students: Pick something you like, that you're good at. "Boy, go for it big time," Long said. "Aim high, it's awfully hard to hit something if you don't aim for it."