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Old 09-27-2008, 01:23 PM
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Sorry I missed it Frank, sounds like an interesting program.

USA Today had the following ...

wiss man flies over English Channel on jet-propelled wing
9/26/2008 2:53 PM
**View Full StoryDOVER, England (AP) -- He had nothing above him but four tanks of kerosene and nothing below him but the cold waters of the English Channel. But Yves Rossy leapt from a plane and into the record books on Friday, crossing the channel on a homemade jet-propelled wing.

Rossy jumped from the plane about 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) over Calais, France, blasting across the narrow body of water and deploying his parachute over the South Foreland lighthouse, delighting onlookers who dotted Dover's famous white cliffs, cheering and waving as Rossy came into view.

Backed by a gentle breeze, Rossy crossed the Channel in 13 minutes, averaging 200 kilometers (125 miles) per hour. In a final flourish, he did a figure eight as he came over England, although the wind blew him away from his planned landing spot next to the lighthouse.

"It was perfect. Blue sky, sunny, no clouds, perfect conditions," the Swiss pilot said after touching down in an adjacent field. He said he wanted to show, "it is possible to fly, a little bit, like a bird."

Onlookers scooped up their children, picnics and dogs to race to the landing site as Rossy posed for photographs. His ground crew doused him with champagne, and the pilot swigged greedily from the bottle as he waved to the band of onlookers gathered to cheer him and take pictures with cellphone cameras.

A small airplane zipped across the sky with a banner that read: "Well done Jet Man."

Rossy said he had watched passenger ferries cutting a path between the Britain and France as he tore through the air.

"I was happy to be faster than them," he said. The 49-year-old said the Channel crossing was the realization of a dream. "That's the most gratifying thing you can do," he said.

Rossy's trip twice delayed due to bad weather was meant to trace the route of French aviator Louis Bleriot, the first person to cross the narrow body of water in an airplane 99 years ago.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:14 PM
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Look at what I saw on the homepage of the Sunsentinel. Looking good.
"World Cup of Surfing (CARSTEN REHDER, EFE)
Tony Frans competes during the World Cup of Surfing in Westerland, Germany on Tuesday, Sept. 30."

Just don't let it go to your heads, they also had this ...


Captioned: "The Lizard Birthday; Meat Cake With Mice
(DARON DEAN, THE ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Krakatoa, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park’s 75-pound, 7.5-foot long Komodo Dragon, celebrates his eighth birthday with fellow eight-year-olds from R.B. Hunt Elementary School Wednesday, Oct. 1. The children sang Happy Birthday to the large lizard as he was presented with a meat cake topped with mice."

Sponge Bob, a meat pie topped with mice and an excited Komodo Dragon, there's an image!

uh, got any white cake instead?
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I Prefer Sushi



Thanks for the offer tho'
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:35 PM
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Blue Angels over Chrissy Field this weekend. I am going to venture down to Waddell this afternoon and check that spot out.

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Old 10-12-2008, 10:10 PM
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Light wind day at Waddell, California.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWuq2t8S9j4


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Old 10-13-2008, 09:37 PM
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I love all these pics!!!! and vids. good stuff
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:57 PM
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Nice shots CI, thanks for posting them! What sort of wind did you have? Also, what thickness wetsuits are guys using now?
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:42 PM
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Hey,

This is at the end of the season for this area and it was very light wind day 15mph- low 20mph. I think most use a minimum of a 4-3 wetsuit. The water is cooooold.

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Sounds like a normal day here, although its been stronger for the last few days. Sounds nippy, thanks again for sending the shots along.
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:24 AM
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Having trouble learning to kite, fly, well you're not alone. Here's a tale of a guy that trains eagles born in captivity how to fly. He decided to take one for a flight off Monte Bianco into Chamonix Valley in France.



Maybe we could use them to attack problem kites? Good thing it didn't drag a stray talon across the paraglider canopy, ouch!

October 14, 2008

Man and eagle soar over the French Alps

Have a look at the video below. If you love birds, flying or mountains, it's impossible not to be moved.

It's a report from France 2 television on a flight last Friday by Sherkan, an American bald eagle from the summit of Mont Blanc, Europe's higest mountain. The eagle, which has a two-metre (6'6") wingspan, flew with Jacques-Olivier Travers, a professional falconer. He specialises in teaching flight to big birds born in captivity.

Travers, who runs the Eagles of Leman park on Lake Geneva had been training Sherkan, a 14-year-old bird born in Germany, the art of aviation for the past 18 months. When he was ready, he took him by helicopter along with paraglider pilots to the top of the mountain, which is at 4,800 metres (15,800 feet) altitude. The result was this film, shot partly from the escorting paragliders, of Sherkan making the 40-minute flight down to the Chamonix valley over 12,000 feel below. The thin air at altitude meant that the bird tired quickly and came back to his instructor mid-air to rest. He enjoyed himself more in the lower air, Travers says on the video. [Thanks, Dot King, for posting the link yesterday]

From: http://timescorrespondents.typepad.c...10/post-1.html


From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:M..._du_Gouter.jpg
It's an amazing place.
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