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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).

Gordon’s Debrief on 25 February Aborted Record Attempt

Gordon Boettger and Hugh Bennett launched from Minden-Tahoe Airport at ~0630 PST on Saturday, February 25, 2012, intending to attempt a long downwind flight in wave. Unfortunately they had trouble connecting with lift and the winds aloft were not in the ideal direction for their intended NE route of flight. See Gordon’s comments for more detail.

Yet Another (!) U.S. Record Wave Flight by Boettger and Bennett

Well, they’ve gone and done it again! The Dynamic Duo, a.k.a., Gordon Boettger and Hugh Bennett, drove Hugh’s Duo Discus to yet another U.S. distance record on Wednesday, April 20th. This is the third record set by the indefatigable pair in the past two months and the longest distance flight posted on the OLC for the current season.

Nice post about Gordon Boettger’s recent flight

The Schempp-Hirth site has a nice short post about Gordon’s flight.  The article is in German but I find that my browser’s  translator works just fine. … We congratulate Gordon on this unusual flight. That this flight was made with a Duo Discus.   We are very happy and it shows once more that universal power…