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Taylor Flies With the Cranes
As Told by Taylor Richter to Jane Duden

When I was younger I was in an ultralight plane on the ground. In 2006 I actually went up with Joe. I wore headphones so I could hear and talk to Joe. The headphones were very heavy and the air was very cold. I was not scared — but I wore my lap belt and held on!

We flew over a couple of ponds. My dad was watching and he said a blackbird was following us. I really liked watching the environment.

No cranes were flying with us. When cranes are flying, the pilot wears the white costume. The reason is they don’t want the Whooping Cranes to see or get used to humans.

 

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