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Sunday - Another day in gliding paradise

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Well Spring put on another boomer day. I had already primed Brad up and he left at 6.00am in the morning to get there early so we could rig his glider. O.K question , What is wrong with this picture:

 

                     

Well it was missing a crucial part (hint, at the tail) – Peter Holmes had forgotten to put it back into the trailer whilst it was away with him getting a repair and Brad didn’t notice it when he picked it up, so they organised to meet half way which meant Brad returning with the trailer – what a hassle! There were also teeth marks in the trailer where Brad had bit a piece out which made him feel better. 

I had advised Brad the day before the weather would be unstable ahead of a trough, expect 8,000ft and some cirrus. Well at 10.00am it was all Cirrus and not looking good but by 11.00 the trough weather kicked in and it came good – Phew, saved by the bell! 

So the rest of us got ready. Errol, Michael (who later managed to short circuit something and destroyed his wiring so he was out) Barry our Boonah visiting pilot, Bill, Rod and myself. Both twins were flying and lots converted to the PeeWee. Sid towing with Tony as instructor. 

Brad eventually arrived as I took off. I was ahead of Errol and decided to cross the range and visit Boonah and never thought I would see Errol come over but he did! I did my usual “bomb bay doors open – bombs away “ call on Boonah CTAF but no reply, must have caused too much destruction. Anyway headed back to the range with Errol behind still admiring the scenery on the “Dark Side”. From a low entry into Cunningham’s I got a climb and met up with Brad in a fire up the Yangan valley and headed off to Killarney with 8 knot climbs to 8,500ft. From Killarney we raced to Millmerran with Errol eventually catching me up at the airfield and Brad still some distance behind elected to cut it short and head to Inglewood where we were next heading for. Rod also was at Millmeran but very low, he still pushed on. About 30km’s short I decided to head back as it was getting late and there are NO options in the middle of the scrub. Brad also headed home and Bill sent us a few reports on the conditions. I overflew home and stopped just short of the gap and returned making it some 433 km’s with Errol on 428. Not sure what Brad did because I didn’t see it up on the OLC, nor Rod or Bill – c’mon guys we need those traces! 

Sad to see so many missed out on that glorious weather……. 

Another day in Paradise 

Nige

 

 

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