After a decade in the sky, a San Diego pilot landed the plane Saturday that has carried him around the world.

Around 12:15 p.m., Robert "Bob" Gannon landed at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, the same airport that he took off from 10 years ago.

On the ground a crowd of supporters and friends gathered, all anxious to finally see the pilot who has made history.

Keith Roller, Gannon's mechanic, was there waiting and remembers when Gannon told him what he was going to do.

"He said, 'I want to fly this airplane around the world' and I said, 'sure I'll get it ready for you to do that,'" said Roller.

The "Lucky Lady Too" is a 43-year-old single-engine Cessna 182. It has now gone to more places in the world than other airplane in history.

"I thought that was the perfect airplane," said Roller. "It's like a pickup truck, very rugged. Cessna built it for rough strips and carrying lots of stuff. You can pretty much throw a bunch of stuff in and go fly."

Buddy Seifert said he had no doubt his friend Gannon would complete the journey.

"I knew him well enough to know if he said he was going to do it, he was going to do it," said Seifert. "I just talked to him a few days ago and said 'you must be feeling strange about this,' and he said 'Yeah, I might get 10 miles from the airport and turn around because I don't want it to end."

Gannon thanked his friends when his plane finally came to a stop.

"Thank you, thank you. The big thing is this plane. I'm just along for the ride," said Gannon.

Gannon's ride took him to Antarctica, the Middle East, Africa, even Timbuktu.

He landed in 155 countries and all 50 states. He flew for 2,200 hours and covered roughly 300,000 miles, the distance to the moon and half way back. His longest leg was 18 hours over the Pacific Ocean from Oakland, Calif. to Hilo, Hawaii.

"It's great to be back on the ground," said Gannon.

"Flying into Iraq to deliver medical supplies was a special moment," said Gannon. "Flying back to Vietnam - back where I was stationed as a medic on a helicopter was also memorable."

He said his scariest moment was near Venezuela when one of Hugo Chavez's generals tried to take his plane.

"I got out of there as quick as I could," he said.

Gannon said the weather was the most challenging, specifically in the Andes Mountains and the North Pole.

He decided to fly around the world in 2000, after a failed attempt eight years earlier. The plane crashed in Kenya, but Gannon walked away unharmed.

Those at the airport, including city leaders from El Cajon, gave Gannon a plaque, had two cakes, and champagne.

"I think the trip probably made me more of a global citizen. I get to see my own country and my own people through the eyes of other people and other countries," said Gannon when asked about what he learned on his journey.

"The one thing I have observed is that if you will keep stepping forward and keep moving toward what you wish you to do, you'll get up to that door that everyone said you couldn't get through. You knock and it will be open and someone will say come on in, no one ever comes here," said Gannon.

Gannon didn't say how much the trip costs except, "I've never been married and I have no children. I feel like it's maybe less than a bad divorce."