Has a Hard Day:
Flying as lead pilot on the take off, Joe got 15 birds on his ultalight's wing, with one straggler who could not catch up. Pilot Chris flew in to fly chase with Joe and keep an eye on the straggler: #618. Chris tells the story.
allowed this bird to fall back a ways before moving in and offering
my wing to the tired dropout. It turned out to be #618, and I struggled
for the rest of the trip to get him to climb. He just refused to get
‘on the wing.’ Instead, he insisted to fly right below and
beside me for most of the trip. In this position he had no choice but
to flap-fly continuously. We were not able to gain altitude to climb
over the interstate.
"At this point, Charlie was just coming down the road in the tracking van. Calling on the radio, I gave him directions to pull into the farmhouse driveway while I found a place to land in a small soybean field. I was able to taxi my trike fairly close to #618 and lead him over to the trike. Leaving the vocalizer running on the trike, I then slipped away to help Charlie carry over the crate from the van. (He had hidden it a few hundred yards away on a field road so #618 would not see it.) It was quick and easy work to box #618 and we had him safely at the pen with all the other birds within 15 minutes."