No. Headwinds Again (+
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December 2, 2008: Migration Day 47
Joe's comments below about his November 27 flight with
Richard van Heuvelen
looked like a go but once aloft, the headwinds proved too risky.
When the pilots tried to fly from the airfield hangars over to
the pen site, they sent word over the radio: “It’s
not do-able; we’re
returning to the airfield.” Alas, the migration
is stalled for day three in
Marshall County, Kentucky. It looks like it may be two more days
until the right weather comes. In the meantime, see Joe's field
notes from his Thanksgiving
Day flight and then tackle our Journal
Joe Duff wrote: "Normally after a few miles one or two
of the birds drop back and are eventually picked up by the chase pilots,
they all stayed. I climbed at 50 feet per minute to 2,000 feet with
7 birds on each wingtip. Occasionally a bird on the end would drop
and we'd have to drop a few hundred feet to let it catch back up. The
front birds would challenge the wing once in a while by charging ahead
take the lead.
"For a time they were all off one wing with the last two birds working
hard to keep up, so I climbed sharply and did a steep turn, then settled
back into the flock and they resumed their split formation. With only
seven birds on each wing they all get some benefit from the wake it
public can view the cranes and planes upon departing Marshall
County, KY for
TN by meeting in front of the Lighthouse Missionary
Baptist Church on CR1264 (also known as Flat Road), which is off
Hwy 402. Flat Road, or CR1264. is between Jackson School Road
and Wilkins Road. MapQuest or GoogleMaps will help you to come
up with driving directions from your home location.
do you think one or two of the birds
normally drops back after a few miles?
What helps them to continue flying? What
is a time when you got tired but someone's
help kept you going?
the second paragraph, How did Joe
use his skill as a pilot to help
flight? When have you
used one of your skills to help a
learner have an easier time?
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).