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Update on Perlan Project

Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson flew their DG-505M in wave conditions at Inyokern, California, on Sunday, March 27. They reached an altitude of 37,000 feet. Climbing was difficult as the wave in the local area was not ideal. Lenticulars in the vicinity of Inyokern did not appear until well after take off although there were good looking clouds towards the north. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, air traffic control would not give them clearance to go north to Lone Pine. In addition, another sailplane was diverted to the east as air traffic control would not allow more than one sailplane in the area where Perlan was soaring. After landing back at Inyokern, Steve Fossett expressed regret and concern that this other sailplane had been diverted. (It was learned later that the sailplane was a Kestrel flown by Gordon Boettger from Minden, NV with three turn points, landing at Lancaster, CA for a distance of approximately 1130 miles. He flew at altitudes from 23,000 feet to 28,000 feet.)


Posted: 3/29/2005 By: General News

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