Another Successful Training Flight!

I took a quick peek at the weather site yesterday morning before Joe and I hit the road to head out to Wisconsin. It was reporting surface winds at 5 mph out of the east, and a bit stronger aloft. While I was hopeful the team would be able to get in a training session I knew the odds weren’t in their favor.

As we drove along highway 401 and through the Toronto traffic crud I opened the CraneCam on my Ustream app in hopes the weather site was wrong and was thrilled to see that Tom and Geoff had just released the cranes and Brooke was charging down the runway with them flying after him.

Tom (the Tume) Schultz sent an email this afternoon which contained the following images he captured during this morning’s session, which lasted in total 33 minutes – the longest flight yet! Tom added “Things were sounding iffy as Brooke flew in from the hangar. He reported that the air was pretty bumpy in areas and he was considering aborting.  He decided to give it a try and it appeared the training went very well – even though #5-13 returned after awhile, and then later #2-13 dropped off.

After approximately 20 minutes of flight behind Brooke, #5-13 cruised in and landed in front of his enclosure.

After approximately 20 minutes of flight behind Brooke, #5-13 cruised in and landed in front of his enclosure.

Shortly after, crane chick number 2-13 broke formation and also landed at the pen

Shortly after, crane chick number 2-13 broke formation and also landed at the pen

Brooke taxis to the south end of the training strip following a 33 minute flight with the majority of the cohort still in tow.

Brooke taxis to the south end of the training strip following a 33 minute flight with the majority of the cohort still in tow.

Whooping crane #1-13 enjoys removing the kernels from a dried ear of corn after the flight.

Whooping crane #1-13 enjoys removing the kernels from a dried ear of corn after the flight. 

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2 Comments

  1. Margie Tomlinson September 12, 2013 7:59 am

    Oh what a wonderful day it was!!! Will pay up the 5 Whoops I pledged, SOON! So good to see nice close-up photos of #2-13 and her full sibling brother #5-13! “That’s my girl and her bro.”!!! Thank you so much, Tom (“the Tume”) Schultz for getting these pictures to us, and you too, Heather!

  2. Sheryl Erickson September 10, 2013 8:29 am

    Love the pic. of most of the cohort still with Brooke after yesterday’s training flight! Amazing all could fly in the heat and humidity of yesterday AM! Thanks for the great pics Tom “the tume”! Getting closer to migration every day. Thanks to everyone for ALL that you do!