No Go: Test Flight Finds Winds (+0 Miles)
October 18, 2011: Migration Day 10

Ultralight plane takes off for a test flight.

Photo: Operation Migration

On the ground, it looked like today would be a terrific day to fly. Richard took a plane up for a test flight to be sure. Alas, conditons in the sky were NOT right for the planes and cranes. They are stuck for yet another day at Stopover #1 in Green Lake County, Wisconsin. "No flight this morning means today will be Down Day 7 in Green Lake County, and moves us closer to the record number of Down Days before moving from stop 1 to stop 2," reports Operation Migration's Liz. "That record was set back in 2007 when we had to wait for 9 days for flyable weather."

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) Look at the next stop listed on the Data page. How many miles will the next flight be? Why are the first flights so short?
  • (b-for-bonus) Hearing Richard's radioed report from above as she watched his test flight, Liz said: "It was hard to believe the difference a few feet could make as it was dead calm on the ground." How do you explain this? What might make conditions different at higher altitude than on the ground?

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).