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My feelings today alternate between sad and mad. I'll just temporarily change the subject.So, here's photos from a trip last Wed. I wasn't going to post them, since it was just an average flight.Then I thought there's nothing average about our privilege of just jumping in a plane and flying.Apologies to Scott: there are seven photos, not five. But, the largest is only 34 kb, way under the 125 kb limit.DanGeorge called and said "Can you be at the airport in 30 min. I'm flying over to look at an ultralight I'm thinking of building".I said "sure", do I have to shave?".After liftoff, across from the tower, they called "Can you make crosswind runway departure?".George said "Sure, no problem". Notice the bank angle relative to AGL height. He has 55 yrs experience. I do not.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d7f97024fa9aa13.jpgJust past the crosswind runway 30 threshold (30 on rwy 30-12) on departure.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d7f9b275d13a703.jpgAfter flying over Mingus Mt. ridge into Verde River Valley. 2000' lower than "my" valley.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d7f9be35f5a5b5f.jpgThe ultralight builder's "garage". OK, it's a air-conditioned hanger that also has a really nice house.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d7f9c7461616cc4.jpgThe builder's "ramp". He got his A & P license in SoCal after retiring.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d7f9d2f63ed818c.jpgHomeward bound. Looking at the clouds, you might expect a little bumpiness over the 7500' ridge. Yes.And, how's your math? Need 3370' to 7500' in 9 nm at 70 knots.And, air temp was 100 deg F. Can you say "density altitude"?No, George did not consult the POH - Pilot's Operating Handbook. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d7f9d6f647c2855.jpgNo sweat, cleared last ridge easily. As in 300'.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d7fa3f57ad809f0.jpg

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Hey Dan,That all looks familiar, except for the clouds. How's the confuser doing? Talked to Goody lately? :-) Say Hi to MM for me.Cap'n Tall a.k.a Ed

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Dan,That is what it is all about - - our love of flying! Thank you for sharing what we all enjoy so much. I hope to visit the Tennessee Valley RV Builder's Group next Thursday in Decatur, Alabama on my way home from this trip to Texas.When I checked into my motel tonight, the lobby had a group of about eight young military pilots here for training. The group had Air Force, Navy, and Marine pilots. No matter what we fly, we all like to talk about our flights. They were no different.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.Tonight in San Antonio

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I'll add a picture too....From Avweb's picture of the week contest. Battle Creek Balloon Festival 2002.Doc Bryant

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I wish I could have replied to this yesterday, but it was black-out as usual.I am very sad and extremely angry - a year has gone by, but I feel the same way.Anyway, Dan, I love your photos. Thanks for sharing them. Nice balloon, too, but the drag line is a little big.Best regards.Luis

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No doubt about that, Doc, but how does it fly? Although I have seen some lighter than air ships with stranger shapes!Best regards.Luis

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