TITLE

Contrails

AUTHOR(S)
French, James R.
PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
Aviation Week & Space Technology;1/26/2004, Vol. 160 Issue 4, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents an untold story that makes up the rich lore of aviation and space. The author's windshield was filled with the jagged peaks surrounding Donner Pass in California's Sierra Nevadas. His old Piper PA-12 was struggling mightily to hold 9,500 feet MSL on a warm September day. Abruptly, the engine went silent and the tachometer wound down. Before it reached zero, the powerplant coughed and ran about 3 to 4 second, then quit again. This adventure had begun when a group of southern Californians decided to fly to the 1967 Reno Air Races, Nevada. However, with great difficulty and presence of mind the author was able to land safely.
ACCESSION #
12163210

 

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