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April 14, 2013
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Minden glider pilot going for downwind record

Record-setting glider pilot Gordon Boettger and copilot Hugh Bennett landed safely in Gunnison, Colo., Sunday night in a downwind soaring record attempt to reach Kansas.

Boettger took off from Minden-Tahoe Airport at 6:05 a.m. Sunday and drove east starting at about 8:30 a.m. and landed at around 6 p.m. after not being able to get enough lift to cross the Rockies.

The flight to Garden City, Kan., would have been 1,030 miles. Gunnison is 678 miles from Minden.

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 17, 2013 06:48PM Published Apr 14, 2013 12:06PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.