The weather was exceptionally good for this part of (South East) Virginia and at Tidewater Soaring (TSS) there were a lot of private gliders ready, in the queue, to be launched. Finally, at around 2 PM local time, Alby was towed to 2000 ft by a Pawnee 235.
Initially, climbs were around 2-4 knots and slower past 4000 ft. There was a steady North Westerly (head wind) of 10-20 kt into the course line, increasing with altitude. The flight was into the wind on a blue (CAVU) day, overall easy and uneventful. The flight duration from take-off was a little over 2 hours and the time for the 140 km task was about 1.5 hours.
Upon arrival at Merlin, several members of MSA were still on a cross country task and Eric Lambert, who himself flew Alby to and from the First Flight Airport, was instructing in a SGS-2-33. So, we decided NOT to take a tow for return, when Eric suggested that we should celebrate this flight with the rest of MSA members.
Many Thanks go to Marita Rae, a long time TSS member and club CFIG, who graciously “schleppt” the 27 trailer with her trusty van on a more than 6-hour round trip to Merlin.
Attached are the links to the OLC flight trace, Spot Tracker traces, and a group photo with the new guardians of Alby at Merlin.
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