by Kurt Hildebrand

Downwind glider record attempt ends in Colorado

An attempt to set a downwind record ended about 350 miles short of its goal when record-setting glider pilot Gordon Boettger and copilot Hugh Bennett landed safely in Gunnison, Colo., Sunday night. On Saturday, Boettger said his goal was to fly along the jet stream using mountain wave conditions, and climbing to 28,000 feet so he and Bennett could surmount the Rocky Mountains. His goal was Garden City, Kan., which is 1,030 miles from Minden. He said light ridgetop wind conditions might slow him down in Nevada and Utah. “A lot of variables exist since what we’re attempting is weather …

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 17, 2013 08:42AM Published Apr 18, 2013 05:41PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.