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19
Feb

NKN does it again...

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Sunday was a complete turnaround from the day before. Rain overnight and a complete overcast in the morning.  I was on towing duty and Lucky Phil had put his hat in the ring to be our diligent instructor for the day.

Nige had been dropping hints for some time so I said - 'time to take the JS1 for a fly'.

Lucky Phil with Jen and Matthew about to launch in the PeeWee. Note the rather unexciting skies in the background......

 

My view from the tug.  NKN about to launch - note the rather uninteresting skies in the background.............

Half an hour later I get a call from Nige - the conversation went something like this.

'Uh, Dan I have landed in a paddock.  Despite the fact that it was a totally unsoarable day and we had a heap of rain last night, and...I have never flown this glider before - I did think I might get to the Bunya Mountains and back.  I know you are on towing duty today but considering I have cleverly selected a black soil paddock it would be good if you could get here to pick me up in the next 15 minutes or so as there is a big squall line moving in and we may not get the glider out for a week.'

After some quick-fire negations with both Paul and Val we engineered a solution whereby Paul (who had cleverly elected to fly locally) came back to land, did a quick launch in my stead and jumped in the car and trailer combination with me while Val then dutifully took over the towing for the remainder of the day (why is it that I am always so indebted to Val?).

We scurried to the black soil paddock that Nige had so cleverly selected watching all the time as the weather became increasingly ominous.

As we drove in Brad (who had landed the Bearhawk beside the JS1 to give Nige much needed encouragement) promptly elected to depart again just when we needed him the most.  This was of course because the sky was about to dump on us under the most challenging of circumstances. 

Paul (bless him) Nige (damn him) and I, battled for the next hour to get the glider into the box and get the whole combination out of a very wet black soil paddock with the thinnest of margins.

Somehow these sorts of days are what gliding is all about.  We remember them much more vividly than the 10 Knot 10,000' days somehow.

The good thing about all this is that everything turned out well and Phil does not have to think very hard when he works out the 'most memorable outlining of the year for our next AGM.

Note the totally unstable skies in the background.  This after a couple of heavy showers.  

May I recommend to all that you don't select a black soil paddock during wet conditions............

 

This but a small sample of the mud that one acquires in such an adventure.  We all gained about 3" in height during the exercise.

Catch you all son - happy and safe soaring,

Cheers, Dan

 

 

 

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