October 7, 2001
Great news! Today seven birds flew with the ultralight for 22 minutes -- the longest time yet, and equal to the
longest pre-migration sandhill crane training flight in last year's trial run for this all-important whooping crane
migration experiment. An eighth bird flew for 18 minutes before turning back with Deke's aircraft. Both Joe and
Deke felt the group could have gone longer if they'd been flying in a straight line instead of the large loop path
they had chosen to fly. The flock showed no signs of being tired. Ranger Jennifer Rabuck at Necedah says, "Signs
are looking better and better that we'll have a successful trip. We're still aiming for an October 15th departure
date but the weather looks questionable for the next several days, at least for training flights."
Twenty-two Minutes Airborne!
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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