Daily Wisdom

December 13, 2006

The View From Above

I promised that someday I would share the photos of my glider outing, so here they are. These pictures were taken in May, 1990. The location is the Ith Hills of Central Germany...


Getting Prepared


My Pilot & His Father


Hans Udo (on the right) was a business colleague of mine. He was a terrific friend and host. He loved to travel, so his nickname was "Worldwide". He's retired now. He took me into East Germany in February of 1990 shortly after the wall came down in Berlin. That was still before the re-unification. It was exciting to visit a communist country. Those will be pictures for another day. Udo's son on the left was my pilot. He now flies for Lufthansa.



A Glider Take-Off


At this flying club they don't use planes to tow gliders into the air. They use a large truck-mounted cable winch. A VW Beetle is used to unwind the cable and take it out to the glider. They hook the cable onto the glider. When the pilot gives the signal the winch starts up, pulling the glider into the air. When the glider reaches a certain altitude, the cable is released and a small parachute (which you can see in the photo) slows the descent of the cable back down to earth.



A View From Above... Escherhausen Germany



Hawkeye Checks Out A Single-Seater



Circling To Gain Altitude



Last Flight Of The Day

9 Comments:

At 12/14/2006 1:25 AM , Blogger camojack said...

My (former) spouse bought me a gift certificate for a sailplane (A.K.A. glider) flight back in the early 90's...it was fun.

 
At 12/14/2006 7:32 AM , Blogger onlineanalyst said...

You look uncannily like my younger brother in that cockpit photo, Hawkeye.

I envy your (and camo's) up, up, and away experience. Flying in any craft lifts my spirits (as well as my body. I love takeoff, landing, and even any turbulence in between.

Hang-gliding intrigues me.

 
At 12/14/2006 9:22 AM , Blogger Maggie said...

How do you land a glider?

 
At 12/14/2006 10:08 AM , Blogger MargeinMI said...

Very cool Hawkeye. I always thought that gliding and hang gliding would be more fun than a ride in a jet (although that would be cool too). My sister and b-i-l went hot air ballooning for an anniversary. That's something I would like to try someday!

 
At 12/14/2006 1:14 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Camo,
Yeah, I loved it!

OLA,
Your younger brother must be one handsome guy! (:D)

Maggie,
If you don't stray too far from your launch point, you land it where you took off from. That's the ideal way. If you stray, or lose the updrafts, you come down in a cornfield or some other unexpected place. Not so ideal. (:D)

Marge,
It IS fun. The most intriguing thing is how quiet it is. It's not silent, but the only real sound you hear is a bit of wind noise flowing past the canopy. Well... that and the ascend and descend tones which go on above a certain ascent rate, or below a certain descent rate.

 
At 12/14/2006 5:30 PM , Blogger Beerme said...

Way cool!

 
At 12/14/2006 11:02 PM , Blogger Kajun said...

How many flights before you soloed that son-of-a-gun?

 
At 12/14/2006 11:06 PM , Blogger Kajun said...

maggie

You land a glider just like they land the space shuttles---you only get one chance---so you must do it right, the first time!

 
At 12/15/2006 8:20 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Kajun,
My first solo is yet to come... sigh.

 

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