Gus McLeod

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Gus McLeod
North Pole Stearman.JPG
McLeod's Stearman in the College Park Aviation Museum
Born Gustavas A. McLeod[1]
1954 (age 62–63)
Residence Montgomery County, Maryland[2]
Education B.A. Catholic University
Masters in chemical engineering University of Maryland [3]
Occupation Chemical engineer, former CIA agent[1][4]
Employer Proxy Aviation Systems, Inc.[5]
Television The Amazing Race 6
Spouse(s) Mary
Children 3 including Hera

Gus McLeod (born 1954) is an African American[6][7] pilot and author whose exploits have been featured in reality television appearances. He was the first person to fly around the North Pole in an open-cockpit biplane.


McLeod grew up in Corinth, Mississippi, the son of a Methodist minister.[1] McLeod is a 1976 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

On Apr 17, 2000, he became the first person to fly around the North Pole in an open-cockpit biplane.

McLeod is an entrepreneur who, in 2004, lived in Laytonsville, Maryland.[8] However in 2004 he was also reported to live in Gaithersburg, Maryland.[9]

McLeod is working with Florida Atlantic University and the Federal Aviation Administration to create a course on aviation history for middle schools.

He has a wife, Mary, and three children, including Hera, who competed with him in The Amazing Race 6.[10][11]

McLeod was featured in a four-column article in the Smithsonian (magazine) because he planned to fly his "...Beech 18 solo from the South Pole to the North Pole, a 32,000 mile trip, in about two months" (Smithsonian).

The UK aeronautic company Cobham plc reports in an employee newsletter that McLeod is a former CIA chemist, and is currently a businessman based in Maryland.[12]


  • Solo to the Top of the World: Gus McLeod's Daring Record Flight, 2003, 245 pages ISBN 1-58834-102-X


  • Television — Inside Base Camp: Tori Murden and Gus McLeod, 2002
  • Television — The Amazing Race 6, Nov 14, 2004


  1. ^ a b c "Death and Daring". 2000-04-05. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Prince Rams: After a child's death, a father is charged and a mother finds a way to move on". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Embracing Adventure Two Alumni Show the Way". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Congressional Record (Bound Edition), Volume 146 (2000), Part 5 - RECOGNIZING GUS McLEOD". 2000-05-03. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  5. ^ Gustavus McLeod. "Gustavus McLeod: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  6. ^ "MAKING A DIFFERENCE - Aviator relives historic flight - News". Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Pilot says flight was sabotaged - Baltimore Sun". 2005-11-18. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  8. ^ "Adventure Mode - Baltimore Sun". 2004-01-08. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  9. ^ Wang, Cynthia (2013-01-14). "Gus & Hera McLeod - The Amazing Race". Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  10. ^ "Father-daughter duo out on 'Amazing Race' - today > entertainment - Reality TV". 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  11. ^ Jackman, Tom (2013-05-04). "The death of Prince McLeod Rams (Part 4)". Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  12. ^ [1] Archived May 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.


  • Smithsonian magazine, April 2003, pg 42 Flight of Fancy

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