Surely by now you’ve seen the story about Florida postal carrier Doug Hughes flying his peculiar aircraft onto the U.S. Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C. to make a point about campaign finance reform.

The Rant doesn’t have much to add to this national story, other than this tidbit in an AP story in the print edition of today’s News & Observer:

“State records show that Hughes lives in North Carolina throughout the 1980s and part of the 1990s, with stops in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. He also lived at least one year in Four Oaks after living for a short time in Sanford and Fayetteville.”

That passage does not appear in the online version of the story, although photos from the print edition are below.

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The N&O piece doesn’t provide any further details about Hughes’ time in Sanford, although sources have told the Rant that gyrocpoters like the one he piloted on Wednesday were apparently once popular among aviation enthusiasts at the old Sanford Airport on Tramway Road. Could it be that Hughes first became acquainted with the light aircraft here in the Brick City?

Any Sanfordian with memories of Hughes is invited to share them with us. Meanwhile, turn on your speakers and peep this mashup: