|Date||Aircraft||Route of Flight||Time (hrs)||Total (hrs)|
|11 Apr 2004||N21481||0D1 (South Haven, MI), local flight||1.0||179.6|
Easter Sunday 2004, at the controls of my new (to me) airplane. I entered a climbing spiral, twisting upward through a hole in the layer of scattered clouds. It was my first time solo above the clouds. Upon leveling off at 5500 feet, I was treated to the sight of Dave in Decathlon 68W performing a loop several miles away.
Once he was done showing-off, Dave fell into formation off my left wing for a few moments before peeling off to refuel (above).
This is one of my favorite photos; the dichotomy of a frozen instant in time that nevertheless conveys energy and motion. Lucky shot, given digital camera shutter lag. It was a memorable tribute to the fundamental physics of flight under the vast arched cathedral of the sky.