The sky was clear when 15 GTA gliders took off in marginal conditions after a cold front passed through on Thursday. Gliders were with us from Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, Memphis, and Knoxville as well as our Eagleville members. Two tow planes were available and got the fleet in the air in about an hour. A MAT was called but most could only get to about 3,500′ MSL with lift averaging about 2-3 knots. DB joined the group in the air and most of the group took off to the first turn point.
Even with very weak conditions several completed the task and/or earned distance points. Bill Elliott was first; Francois Pin second; John Mittell third and Time Larsen fourth. Others landed out and earned distance points. Two landed in an airport a mile from Puckett; another at a private strip nearby; Frank Paynter at an airport about 20 miles away and was able to get a ride from some RC folks to Puckett for a self retrieve; and the best (?!?!) out landing of all was by our club president, Cornfield Bob Richard (now known as Mudfield Bob) in a plowed field some 20 miles away. […]