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October 16, 2002
Day 4 After Takeoff (Day 6 from Target Date)

Twenty-three Miles With Tailwinds

Photo Operation Migration


Hooray! Today's flight was picture perfect, thanks to sunny skies, cold temperatures (27 degrees F) and tailwinds of 3-4 MPH. The cranes and planes took off at 7:53 and flew for 44 minutes, covering the 23 miles to Stop #2 in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Joe and Richard led with 14 cranes, followed by Brooke and Bill with two cranes that had a late exit out of the pen. Their highest ground speed was clocked at 45 MPH, and average ground speed was 40 MPH. Everyone is celebrating some progress!


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  • This morning's temperature was a chilly 27 degrees F. The pilots have to bundle up with warm clothes beneath their billowy white costumes to keep warm aloft. Why is it colder at high altitudes, which are closer to the sun?


Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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