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October 22, 2003
Day 7

Outta There--On Longest Flight Yet!
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After flying over the autumn fields, all 16 are in their predator-proof enclosure in Green County, WI.
Photos OM/WCEP

After four days waiting for the winds to shift in their favor, the cranes and planes were airborne again at 8:10 a.m.! Conditions on the ground were calm with a light fog, and in the air it was even better. A tailwind of 5 mph helped the birds along on a flight that lasted 1 hour and 19 minutes. They're all safely settled for the night in Green County, Wisconsin, with another 46.1 miles added to their journey south. All 15 cranes (#303 went in a van until her leg is better) launched behind pilot Joe Duff, with Brooke Pennypacker flying chase. Upon arrival, Joe (with 3 cranes), Richard Van Heuvelen (with 1 crane) and Brooke (with how many cranes?) air-dropped their birds to waiting handlers and #303.

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  • In their three flying days, how many miles have the cranes gone since leaving Necedah? If we use 1200 miles for an estimated journey, how many miles are left to fly?
  • How might you explain why Joe landed with 3 birds and Richard and Brooke each landed with birds too?

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