Joe took off and wondered why everyone on the field was waving so wildly at him. Then he looked at his wing and saw way: he’d snagged the windsock from Arizona’s Phoenix Fly-In on launch and it was still following him around. He landing uneventfully soon after the discovery. After Joe was safely on the ground, we all had a good laugh about it, but there was quite the sense of urgency until after he landed. Interestingly, Joe says he didn’t even notice it while flying. Photo courtesy of Joe Lakato
Free flyers don’t always have the option of choosing their landing site and must be constantly aware of their options. Motor pilots get lazy and don’t think about when they should be but, eventually it will quit. One intrepid artist offered up this reminder of how important that consideration can be. There would be lots of regret from forgetting to always keep good landing options available in this situation!.
Thanks to TL Hoke of Farmington, MN.