For Valentine's Day, Lynn and I surprised our husbands, Glenn and Rick, with a tandem flight in a glider or sailplane at Sky Sailing in Warner Springs, CA. They had been talking about doing this for weeks, trying to gets us women interested in it. Lynn and I thought it was time to just get on with it, without us. The guys thought they were taking us to Julian for lunch, but we pulled into the glider airport in Warner Springs along the way, and said "Surprise!"
The experience begins (after signing all kinds of paperwork) by meeting the pilot and helping him pull the glider out onto the runway. Gliders, or sailplanes have no engines, so they are dependent on human power while on land or a tow plane to taxi and take-off.
|Rick, Glenn and pilot maneuver the glider into position|
|Lynn and Honey watch on|
A glider is really tiny, as the guys were about to find out. The pilot sits in this cockpit...
...and Rick and Glenn sit where!!!!
Both of them, side by side behind the pilot in a seat that rivals the tilt-a-whirl for cozy with your neighbor. Believe me, the jokes were flying faster than the plane.
|Preparing for lift-off.|
The glider is attached by a cable to a small tow plane in front, which pulls it down the runway and into the air.
And they're off!!
The company, Sky Sailing, mounts a Go-Pro on the wing of the glider that takes a picture about every 30 seconds. The next four shots are from the complimentary jump-drive of photos they gave us at the end of the flight.
|Down the runway.|
|Leaving the ground!|
|Getting a bird's eye view.|
|Still attached to the tow plane. Look at that landscape!|
Their flight lasted about 20 minutes. The pilot told them that during the summer, when the hot air is rising, the gliders can fly for hours! Meanwhile, Lynn and I watched Honey and her new friend Lady play, so we missed the landing. Needless to say it was a smooth one and we all headed on to Julian for a great pet-friendly Valentine's Day lunch at the Julian Grille. (Thanks guys.)