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Going the Distance: Downwind Dashes in the Midwest


Room A2, Convention Center Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:00 am - 9:45 am

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Tony Condon

The Downwind Dash is the oldest method of going cross country. The Midwest USA offers a unique opportunity for some really big flights in this style. Cold front passages leave highly unstable air with smoking tailwinds. Since 2014, Tony has made nine attempts, maxing out at 555 miles. We’ll talk about pioneering work, weather, glider preparation, pilot preparation, and crewing strategies. Along the way we’ll see plenty of pictures and flight traces from these attempts, and finish off dreaming about what might be possible.