- Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:28 am
Wow , great to hear of the early history of maine flying. I didn't start until 78 on a mk1 dragonfly. I had add battens , stronger Xbar and roached the tips so it was undated.I I didn't get to meet or fly with any of those early guy except Kevin Weatherbee. I flew Waldo with Harland Dunbar and his son Kendal (We were the same age) for many yrs. Amassed 500 hrs at Waldo. Started landing on top after second yr. That improve the turn around.
Also Meguntikock( SP) In Camden. Flew Cadillac down at BAAA HABAA A few time. Nice veiw of the coast from 2k over.
Eventually set a State XC record on a Airwave Extreme topless, from Whitecap Mtn, west of Rumpford, 64 miles down to the coast. It took me two days to get back over there to get my van and ATV off the hill. Setting my ATV up to carry HGs really opened up flying in Maine. I still have that wing and flew it a couple yrs ago. Flew Atos B and VR for 10 ys, doing, massive amount of XC cumulating with a 201 mi flight from Ellenville NY to the beach on the Mass, NH bordor, getting to 10K a couple of times with a forty MPH crossing tail wind. Great view at 10k east of Boston with airliners banking away. I think flying in Maine got real spotty after I left IN THE LATE 90's.
Still a few guys getting some flying up there. Pete Newmyer, Bob Chapman, Norm Stevens . We had a good aerotow group for awhile with Bob towing on his trike.
Too bad so many of the early pilot have passed. Harland die in a PG crash, Kendal is paralized from the waist down from a constuction accident. I'm 65 and feel my age a bit. I setup my Atos VR today and damm it felt heavy, but it always did until you take that first step. What a beautiful wing. I was selling it but I decided NO WAY after looking it over. No one wants to pay what it is worth. Anyway I'm rambling. Thanks for the history. Dave
turn in lift and fly away from sink