Author Archive for Gordon Boettger

Downwind Glider Record Attempt – Sunday, 14 April – To Be Updated Throughout the Day

On Sunday, April 14th I will be attempting a downwind distance record attempt in a Duo Discus glider, an unmotorized, unpressurized, and unheated aircraft, launching from Minden NV (KMEV) located 30 miles south of Reno, Nevada. I will be flying along the jet stream utilizing mountain wave conditions, climbing to altitudes of up to 28,000 feet. My copilot is Hugh Bennett. We’ll be aiming for an area east of the Rocky Mountains, our goal being Garden City, Kansas, a flight of roughly 1030 miles (1658 km).