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Old 01-18-2017, 07:50 PM
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Default Finally! First flight of 2017!

Due to work, travel and weather I've been grounded since early November. Absolutely miserable and unacceptable. Fortunately, the stars aligned today... I didn't need to go to work and the weather in Colorado is absolutely perfect. So I launched in my 8 at about noon to do some snowy sightseeing around Denver.

First I headed south. This is one of many buttes that dot the landscape between Denver and Colorado Springs.



Heading back north now. Interesting rock formations near Palmer Lake between the plains and the foothills.



Looking over the nose at the hogbacks that separate the mountains from the plains around here.



Hogbacks and rock formations.



Snow-covered Mount Evans in the distance. More rock formations in the foreground.



Next I climbed to 10,000' MSL and headed into the foothills. Here's a closer look at Mt. Evans.



Looking northwest at the high peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park.



Looking the other direction over the Front Range with downtown Denver in the distance.



Descending towards Golden. Coors brewery is the clump of big buildings between the mesas.



Flying over Denver on the way home.



Ahhh, what a great way to start the year and a great way to get back up in the air again!

Happy New Year, RVers!
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Old 01-18-2017, 07:55 PM
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Beautiful photos. Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:18 PM
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Nice place I've been to your woods. Good memories will refresh in the fall.

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Old 01-18-2017, 08:29 PM
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Vlad, be sure to look me up when you come! I'd love to meet you and behold an RV that spends more time in the air than on the ground!
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:42 PM
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Nice place I've been to your woods. Good memories will refresh in the fall.

Vlad thanks for posting that pic of Red Rocks. It sure makes it look pretty small from the air, in person it seemed like them steps never ended. Probably the beer... lol
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Old 01-20-2017, 07:36 AM
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Default Gret pics!

Hi Joe,

Great pics!

Also, thanks for the warm welcome to your state and the flying advice last summer. Next time we come out, we will meet up!
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:23 PM
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Thanks for the Pics Joe - they were fantastic!
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Old 01-20-2017, 05:44 PM
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Nice pics! Is that Green Mountain in the first shot??
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:53 PM
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Default Hogbacks in the Summer

Here's what the hogbacks look like in the summer. I shot this video leaving BJC heading North toward Laramie, then turning West down that long emergency landing strip known as I-80.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tmmmyg0lvb...ckies.mp4?dl=0
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Here's what the hogbacks look like in the summer. I shot this video leaving BJC heading North toward Laramie, then turning West down that long emergency landing strip known as I-80.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tmmmyg0lvb...ckies.mp4?dl=0
Hey John, What are those"fins" on the bottom of your aircraft for? Do they help the vertical stabilizer? I ask, because the way they are angled. Seems like they would compress the air flow and slow you down??

Just curious.
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