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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wicked Witch flight near a severe thunderstorm!

Nice cell near Anton! Eric and I in my car and Michael in his car chased the Tornado Watch Box that went up yesterday in ne CO. This was the most impressive storm we saw and was a nice treat! At this time there was a report of 2" diameter hail from a spotter but when we got to the site 10 miles east of Anton we found no hail falling or on the ground.

This cell fell apart as the one to it's west went severe warned. I got out the Wicked Witch and flew it in the inflow near the storm for about 10 minutes. Eric will be posting one of his nice split screen videos of the flight soon.

Highway 36 east of Cope, CO as seen from the Wicked Witch 2 camera at about 400 feet up!

Eric and I and the Subaru flying the WW2!

The severe warned thunderstorm Rain Free Base as filmed from the WW2 at an altitude of approximately 300 feet. The WW2 was flying in the inflow winds of about 10-20kts and had a definate tendancy to want to go downwind quickly. I spent most of the flight fighting the flow as I didn't want to chase the plane out in the field. Had there been a tornado under this updraft it would have been the plane's natural tendancy to drift with the current and go straight into the updraft.
I have a locator coming from that I will use to locate the video after it comes down hopefully within 600 feet of a road. That is the range of this device and it is definately needed as the plane is easily lost in tall grass and crops!

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