There was a large number of people anticipating a flyover this morning at the public viewing site, located at County Rd. D and Mile Rd. A number of craniacs are already on hand and ready for the Whooping Crane Festival and several people who were in attendance last night at the presentation by Joe at the Lion’s Club Hall in Princeton were very interested in watching a training flight as well.
Surface conditions were calm at sunrise so both Brooke and Joe suited up and flew to the training site. This would be the first time the Whooping crane colts would see two aircraft at the same time. Brooke launched with all eight cranes, while Joe circled, high above. When a couple of Brooke’s trailed behind Joe moved in to lend them a wing.
Unfortunately at the same time, flight conditions deteriorated and the wind started picking up, making it difficult for the cranes to follow so the decision was made to abort the training session, which means everyone that turned up at the public viewing site, didn’t get a really good look at anything.
Regardless, we had a great time chatting with everyone and we hope they turn up again soon!
Doug Pellerin captured the following image showing all eight cranes with the two aircraft on the runway in front of their enclosure.