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  •  I love sailplanes. (9+ / 0-)

    I got my glider rating more than thirty years ago.  Got to do some high altitude wave soaring and have my Lennie pin.  

    Flying a glider is wonderful fun.

    •  Yeah I have commercialy sailplane lic. (1+ / 0-)
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      Otteray Scribe

      out of Boulder CO in 1980. Just off the airport is a big junkyard. In the summer you can get a quick tow up and head for the junkyard and get "junkyard lift" f0r all the heat baking off of the cars, spiral up several thousand feet just like that.

      A year or two back there was an accident there where a Cirrius flying in crosswind (uncontrolled field) hit a towplane, killed the tow pilot and everyone in the currus.

      The glider pilot basically saw the cirrus coming at the last minute and popped the tow cable immediately, peeled steep right and landed back at the field uneventfully with his astonished passenger. I figure he had maybe one second to do the right thing.

      Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

      by blindcynic on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 09:25:03 AM PDT

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