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    Ken Howells
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    Awesome flight, Owen! You sure went a long way east without turning. The return leg over Highway 18 along Arctic Circle with nothing but mountains in every direction must have been wild. To top it all off, you landed damn close to the cone in that unusual NW wind that started around 3:30!

    I launched Marshall at 1:30 and got to 6,300 then was down to 4,900 as I approached Crestline! Got to 8,300 S of Billboard, just circling idly from 6k on. Tee shirt, no gloves, so I bailed from the lift at 8,300. Flew to near Glen Helen then back to Marshall area for a series of ups and downs. Long glides in sink then 1,200 FPM up, spiralling on a wingtip.

    Was ready to land about 3:10 but saw absolute zero wind at the LZ. Went to Regionals to kill some time, got some unusual turbulence, back to LZ. Still the same, left again. More turb, including getting shoved sideways SW of Cloud Peak and seeing a huge dust cloud near the 750 with no vehicle in sight.

    Saw the flags show an east wind for a bit then a few minutes later all indicated steady NW. I spiralled down and landed from the ESE on the grass north of the cones at 3:30 (a little before Owen came in.)

    Numerous pilots came in to land from the East side of the LZ and after bringing their gliders up from the brush told tales of altitude bests and turbulence.


    David Webb
    General Member

    Awesome flight! Another one to add to my far distant future bucket list.

    I lucked out yesterday and chose to head east on my first XC flight ever. Sounds like if I would have stayed in town or launched just a little bit later, I wouldn’t have had a very good time.

    Went to the dam and then the brewery on my trusty Symphonia (EN-A). Heard someone made it to San Jacinto.

    Here’s my humble track log and photographic evidence:



    Good job on the epic flights everyone!

    Sounds like landing at Hangar 24 was a better idea than landing at AJX. 4 of us HGs hit strong sink just outside the LZ and got put down in the bushes! …And less beer!

    I went the opposite direction to Cucamonga Peak. I’ve never flown a convergence before and didn’t find the lift line till I was on my way back. I climbed to about 9k at Pine then headed towards Cucamonga, finding one thermal along the way. Encountered nothing but sink while pushing towards the actual peak, which dropped me to 5,400′ before catching a thermal back up to 9,500′. Then finding the convergence line and slowly climbing to 10,300′ over about 11 miles in a straight line on my way back to Crestline. Went over Arrowhead mtn to the back ridge but the air got violent. Went in front of Marshal where several of us very quickly sunk out!




    here was my flight today.  a quick trip to san gorgonio (and back).  i flew with a bald eagle at 14,000 feet.  still not quite sure why s/he was up there!


    David Webb
    General Member

    Congrats on the back-to-back great flights!


    thanks brother!  super-fun weekend!


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