… more time going through old soaring photos today, and I thought I would put out a series that covered a portion of a cross country flight in AZ2, so here we go. The top photo is an image from last night with me beginning a takeoff from Pleasant Valley Airport in Peoria, Turf Soaring operated out of there. The photo below is when both the tow plane and I were off the ground and heading for a 2 to 3,000 ft tow. The shot below that is from the cockpit and we are heading out towards Lake Pleasant … the photo below was taken as I approached the San Francisco Peaks. That was my turn point for the day … an out and return 300K cross country flight. During the years I flew high performance sailplanes, cross country flights were what I lived for!
My first cross country flight for the SAA Silver badge was in my PW5 a very forgiving sailplane which is good when you are beginning in soaring. The flight was from Pleasant Valley Airport to Wickenburg Airport and when I lost final glide back to Pleasant Valley Airport and did not have final glide to Wickenburg Airport, I experienced a rush that is hard to explain … just me, my sailplane and my ability to find and work lift to get where I was going! I was completely hooked!
Time to wrap the day, get a few hours of rest and then dive into the new day … keep breathing, and smiling … we are alive!
Though the world know me not,
may my thoughts and actions
be such as shall keep me friendly
excerpt from A Prayer by Max Ehrmann
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