Double-Leg Day! (+
The Chass Seven launched at 7:57 and completed two flight legs (sections) today! They flew right over Madison County and landed at 9:25 in Gilchrist County, Florida. That's 86 miles on Day 86: 1199 miles total. Next stop: Halpata-Tastanaki Preserve — just one flight from their final goal.
Something else unusual happened on this double-leg day. Pilot Joe Duff performed the first air pickup as the birds finally took off from their Jefferson County pen. Then, less than two miles out, Brooke moved in to pick up the birds off Joe's wing. Why? Joe could not fly slower than 38 mph without his engine stalling, and the birds had trouble keeping up with him. Joe suspected that a bit of the wingcover got caught in his propeller and caused the problem. But all pilots and birds landed safely. Joe later said, "I’m sorry I missed my last flight with them, but it’s far more important that they arrived safely. I’ll save my goodbyes until we circle the pen at Chassahowitzka." HOORAY for them all!
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).