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The heat in South Texas combined with the humitidy is enough to .... well, I will let you fill in the blank.
Anyway, regardless of the heat I wasnt going to pass up the opportunity for my son to take his first glider flight ( or any flight) yesterday. The boy has never been up in a plane, period, or out of Texas. I think I can safely say he has never been north of Dallas, or west of Luling. Here are a few shots of the experience that he took... bless his heart, his knees were up around his chest. After it was over all he could do was grin from ear to ear. He is fourteen and had to keep up appearances but he did describe it as "stupid sick".
Tow line connected and waiting for take off as another glider comes in overhead for a landing - remember the size of that line. This facility has a nice covered patio where you can watch out of the direct heat of the sun. So most of the parents are waiting there.
We have liftoff! I had liftoff also about this point, but it was liftoff of my stomach. It was a mix of excitement when I saw my son in the front seat of the glider, followed by that mild nausea when you see the size of the rope that is holding my son in the air. That passes quickly, and he was in excellent hands.
Up in the air
Brandon at the controls
Look Mom! No tow plane
the view out the vent window. I am standing just outside of the building right there watching the approach.
Turning and getting ready to land
He took an awesome video. Since the instructors takeoff and land he was able to document both. I will see if I can post it separately since it isnt loading.
Brandon was able to do this due to being a member of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. If you have a kid interested in avaiation, I was just told by one of the other parents about the Young Eagles, On their website, their objective is listed as follows "Our mission is to provide a meaningful flight experience – free of charge – in a general aviation aircraft for young people primarily between the ages of 8 and 17." I hope to look into that very soon.