An Aviation Game of Pilot-to-Pilot Pass It On: Connecting Pilots Globally


Creator Mike Daniel elaborates alongside Trent Palmer
The search for Max Purro began as a simple concept of pilot-to-pilot pass it on, evolving into a captivating narrative rooted in the aviation community’s collaborative spirit. Following successful testing and proof of concept, the storyline was crafted around an intriguing incident from the past where Max’s cherished collection mysteriously vanished. Now, the mission is clear: to rebuild this collection through the collective effort of pilots worldwide, fostering new connections and camaraderie as they embark on a shared quest to recover the lost treasures of aviation history.

As the search for Max Purro unfolds within the realm of a fictional game, it’s important to note that Max, as a real individual, does indeed exist.

The Cases
Airtag-equipped cases are currently circulating within the aviation community, tasked with gathering mementos to reconstruct the lost collection of Max Purro. Passed from pilot to pilot, these cases meticulously track their journey, capturing the airports visited and the collective effort to piece together Max’s legacy.
Clues to Max’s Whereabouts
Clues to the whereabouts of Max Purro and her elusive collection are scattered across the globe, often hidden in plain sight. It’s essential to remain vigilant and observant, as Max’s fondness for the unconventional may manifest in subtle deviations from the typical aviation scenery. Keep a keen eye out for these distinctive elements, as they may hold the key to unraveling the mystery and locating Max and the missing pieces of aviation history.


In 1992, an article emerged, unveiling the enigmatic figure of Max Purro and her fascination with aviation mementos. This discovery ignites a captivating narrative that beckons pilots worldwide to join in the quest for truth and adventure. Read the article below.

The Daily Report

Vermillion Post

March 14, 1992

Vermillion Post
The Daily Report | March 14, 1992

A Vanishing Act?

The Unexplained Disappearance
of Max Purro Stuns the Aviation World

Maxine Purro, a profound aviator whose life revolved around the skies, was known for a unique and heartfelt tradition. With a passion for exploration, ‘Max’ traveled tirelessly from airport to airport, meticulously collecting mementos at each stop. These tokens were more than mere souvenirs; they were symbolic fragments of the distinct spirit and identity of each location.

The narrative takes a mysterious turn when, on one fateful day, Max’s cherished collection of momentos vanished without a trace. Alongside the disappearance of these significant artifacts, Max Purro became an enigma, her whereabouts obscured in the vast expanse of the aviation world.

Following Max’s disappearance, a cryptic note found in her residence, presumed to be penned by Max herself, stated: “Seek the invisible, where mysteries entwine, I await unseen, for the curious to find.”

The mystery of Max Purro deepened, leaving the aviation community puzzled and intrigued.

The only known photograph of Max looking over her collection, December 6, 1991

The mystery of Max Purro deepened, leaving the aviation community puzzled and intrigued.

The once-vibrant aviator, who had a knack for creating meaningful ties with the places she visited, seemed to have become a phantom of the skies.

The continuous pursuit of locating Max and recovering her lost collection has taken shape as a collective effort, with aviators and enthusiasts seamlessly joining the quest. Collaboratively, they set forth on a purposeful journey to unveil the fate of Max Purro, simultaneously engaging in the meticulous task of re-establishing the dispersed fragments of aviation history that disappeared with her. Notably, there are reports of multiple handheld memento cases currently in circulation, passing from pilot to pilot, contributing to the gradual reconstruction of this unique collection.

The ultimate goal is to present this meticulously reconstructed collection to the recently unseen Max, infusing a poignant layer into the ongoing narrative of this aviation mystery, should she ever be found.


Co-Creator of The Search For Max Purro


August 8, 1962



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“Creating the game of Pilot-to-Pilot Pass It On was like weaving the threads of adventure and camaraderie into a tapestry of aviation magic. With each AirTag-equipped pelican case and every heartfelt contribution from pilots worldwide, we embarked on a journey to reignite the spirit of exploration and storytelling in the skies. It’s about more than just finding me; it’s about discovering the joy of flight and the bonds that unite us in our shared love for aviation.”
-Maxine Purro

The only known photograph of Max and her collection, December 6, 1991
The note found left behind, Circa 1992