Six 1-26s and crews from the Warner Springs Skid Row Squadron drove to Parowan,
Utah during the last week in June for their first Soaring Safari of the 2003
season. Present were:
Jim Leary and Brian Dickson
Mike and Darla Longwell
Lane Decker /
Each day we were able to log flights above 17K,
with some braggards claiming the full monty: 17,999'. Here is a picture of
Hawkeye's instrument panel to prove it.
We drove to Utah on Thursday, June 26, and flew north from Parowan on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. Each day cloud bases were between 17 and 20 K. Two By Four
and Hangman took turnpoint pictures as far north as Mount Nebo (150 mi.) By the
end of each day, 1-26s were scattered all over central Utah. Landings were made
at airports and in farmer's fields at (or near) Nephi, Manti, Salina,
Richfield, Junction, and Mt. Carmel. Occasionally, we returned to Parowan. Each
day we were able to log flights above 17K, with some braggards claiming the
full monty: 17,999'.
View of Delano Peak east of Beaver, Utah
Many Sweepstakes miles were logged, with most flights exceeding 100 miles.
Several were over 200 miles.
Parowan is a great soaring site. Guenther Jacobs runs a user-friendly glider
operation, and the Utah scenery is unbelievably beautiful. Even if you don't go
soaring, Bryce and Zion National Parks are nearby, and the trout fishing is
outstanding. I highly recommend it to pilots and crews alike. We had so much
fun that we are planning a return safari in August.