Saturday, August 08, 2015

Soaring at last!

Sunday afternoon Aug 2, 2015, I had the best flight of my life.   Ever.   I have been playing this game for three years, and the longest glider flight I ever made was an hour and a half, always scratching to stay up between 2000 and 3000 ft. (A lot of work. Constant attention to every move.)

But Sunday I finally did it right and went soaring.  I took a thermal up to 5500 ft. and then found areas of lift that later became cloud streets and spent three hours just moving back and forth, a lot of it over Nazareth, checking out my sisters’ homes, mostly moving from one cloud area to another, learning where to move to keep high, circling, circling, then flying on.   Sometimes it was so smooth I would forget I was even in the glider.  Just being there, moving like swimming.  When I finally decided to come in, I was at 6100 feet right over the airport and got to do all kinds of fun maneuvers just to bring it down.

It was everything I hoped it would be, and that was the first time for this grandmother turned aviator.

Here's the flight track.  You can watch it on Google Earth.  You can even fly along. ;)

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