Since I flew 4.5 hours yesterday, I was doing ground operations most of the day. The eastern wave window was open to FL250 (25,000 feet) until 3pm and most folks were able to get all the way up to 25,000.
At one point, Eb and I were the only two Wave Camp participants who hadn't flown yet today, so we the Grob landed we took it up. Here's a shot of Eb flying from the rear seat:
Earlier in the day Eb mentioned that he'll be celebrating 65 years of flying this year!
I flew the takeoff and tow (with lots of fun rotor) and got us to 18,000 feet. Then I gave Eb the glider and he flew for the next couple of hours, exploring the wave. That gave me time to relax, eat the second half of my lunch, take a bunch more pictures, and so on.
The winds were quite strong at altitude. In the picture below, you can see the GPS telling us we had a ground speed of 147 knots! The airspeed indicator is only showing 70knots, so we had one hell of a tailwind going. I have a blurry shot taken 5 seconds later where we're over 150 knots.
After we'd had our fill, Eb gave me the glider and I got us back on the ground. The wind was howling down on the ground, so the pattern and approach were quite interesting. I decided to land on the old taxiway for the closed 21 runway, because it was the safest. Those who saw the landing said it was well done and I was quite happy with it.
What an awesome day!
And there are still five days left of the camp. :-)
Posted by jzawodn at April 12, 2005 09:41 PM