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October 26, 2004
Migration Day 17

No Go: They Would Run Out of Gas
Top Cover Cessna

Top cover pilot Paula Lounsbury provided a great weather report at 5:30 this morning from her airborne position 58 miles to the southeast. Conditions were calm at today's destination in Kankakee County! But it was a different story at the pen site in LaSalle County. OM pilot Brooke Pennypacker checked out the local conditions. He took off into the east wind and got airborne at what appeared to be less than 30 feet of taxiing distance. Once at 400 feet altitude, Brooke reported a ground speed of only 20 mph. At 500 feet, his ground speed had dropped to 19 mph. At 700 feet he was plodding along at only 16 mph. This would have meant a flight of over 3 hours to the next stopover site. The trikes would never make it; each aircraft holds only enough fuel for about 3 hours of flight. It's another disappointing day of waiting. Will they fly to Kankakee County, IL. tomorrow?

Meanwhile, try today's journaling questions and you'll learn something fun!

Which pilot?
Photo OM
Which pilot?
Photo Wayne Kryduba
Which pilot?
Photo OM

Try This! Journaling Questions
  • Do you see the big black letters on the trikes in the photos above? (Click on photos to enlarge.) They are the plane's license plate. Read Joe's description about these numbers in this labeled photo and you'll find out which pilot flies each plane. In your journal, write what each pilot's identifier stands for. Where is it found on the plane (2 places)? If you were an ultralight pilot, what would you like for your license plate? Why?
  • What instruments does the pilot use to how fast the plane is traveling through the air? What instrument tells him his ground speed? (HINT: See the same cockpit photo you used above to learn about the plane's identifiers.)


Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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