Latest Photos from the Workshop – Feb 2012

The Windward Performance worskhop in Bend, Oregon is currently working on the fuselage that will be used for destructive testing. This is the one that has to have all of the structural details of the final aeroplane but it will be over-pressurised until is bursts. Adding those structural details is taking longer than we thought; it’s not just a simple test. We have to have the whole thing finished and nearly ready to fly before we destroy it.

Memories of Steve (1)

This past week, I am spending time with Tago.  Tago was employed by Steve Fossett almost from the first record attempt.  He originally got invloved with the balloon circumnavigation because Tago’s home town (Mendoza) was selected by Steve as the perfect launch point for a round-the-world attempt.  [This one was the one where Steve ended up in  the ocean near Australia.]

Big Sky in Argentina

Coming from Australia and having flown in the United States, I am used to seeing “big” skies.  The kinds of places where multi-terawatts of energy are going up into the clouds and just begging for a glider to siphon off a few kilowatts.  [I will always remember seeing the ground just fall away from me in Australia once.]