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  #51  
Old 08-08-2016, 10:25 AM
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Default Toured three glaciers.

Matanuska Glacier. Smooth ride all the way to the top.






Tazlina Glacier met me with punches of 30-40 knots on the nose and forced to turn around minutes after entry.

Nabesna Glacier was obscured half the way to top but ride was relatively smooth.
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:57 PM
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Nabesna Glacier was obscured half the way to top but ride was relatively smooth.
Nabesna gold mine/ghost town is the area my distant uncle owns. If you get a chance to fly by that, please get some good pictures Vlad.
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Old 08-08-2016, 01:31 PM
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Talking You should stop by Van's

You are so close - maybe you can arrange a trade-in while you are there. One slightly used RV-9A . . .
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:57 PM
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Great trip report Vlad!
You are setting the bar very very high for all of us who want to make that trek.
We have a group plannnig for next year. I don't thnk we'll make it to Barrow.

Wishing you a safe return to the lower 48.
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Old 08-08-2016, 10:46 PM
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We came on Tuesday. It was an interesting flight the MOAs were just heating up. My wingman was ahead of me on 12,500 (the bait) I scooted lower just enough for Center radar to see. Three F18s were playing up higher then descended which looked like an interception course on my lead. They surely picked up the wrong guy. It was fun to listen and watch. Fairbanks was all booked but extraordinary negotiating skills of my wingman got us a room. I ran away next morning he waited two days for wx to clear which never happened.

Yup that was definatly you then. We don't get too many experimentals up here. We had the largest ground force army training exercise going on for the last two weeks so there was a lot of activity in the area. We didnt get to fly a whole lot but it was enough to make the 2 weeks in the field worth it.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:00 AM
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Quick update. Vlad is safe and sound in "sunny" California. Interestingly, we have the same weather here as in Barrow, AK. Cold and low overcast. Go figure! Arrival was a piece of cake.

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Old 08-09-2016, 05:40 AM
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You are so close - maybe you can arrange a trade-in while you are there. One slightly used RV-9A . . .
For the similarly slightly used factory 9A demonstrator? At least he'd have one with paint on it....
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:10 AM
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Vlad:

I don't know how long you're going to be in the Bay Area but our monthly EAA meeting (Chapter 338) is tonight at 7:30 at RHV. It would be great to meet you.
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:35 PM
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After a bit of touch up maintenance and a wave, the Russian blasted off to his next stop. Not even Jason Bourne could keep up with Vlad!

Quick follow-up update. It was a true pleasure to host Vlad. Now i know why he has so many RV friends around the planet. A few of the airport locals and I enjoyed getting to know a bit of the man, the myth, and the legend of the Russian named Vlad. I was happy to do my small part, and Vlad is welcome back any time. Happy journeys!

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Old 08-10-2016, 02:43 PM
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Default Next time!

Vlad, you are one fast traveler. I am glad you did not need to stop for service and have kept up the pace!
I'll save this for next time...
Travel safe.
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