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Perlan Project Update

Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson flew in a wave at Inyokern Airport in California on Sunday, March 20, 2005. They were equipped for high altitude, wearing their pressure suits and flying a sailplane with transponder, recorder, night lights and anything else you might need for a sailplane altitude record attempt. They reached 34,200 feet with lift continuing but, due to a misunderstanding, were denied clearance to higher altitudes. The lenticulars looked flat but still yielded good lift. They landed in almost calm conditions which, before and after the flight, had been varying winds from all directions, sometimes strong. These conditions are typical of the rotor being overhead at Inyokern Airport. They will try again when the next wave materializes. Hopefully, the misunderstandings with Air Traffic Control have been resolved and they will not have "red tape" problems in the future. Steve Fossett decided to visit the desert wild flower display in nearby Death Valley and will return to Inyokern for the next indication of good wave soaring.

Posted: 3/21/2005 By: General News


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