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PLANE CRAZY SATURDAY

January 20, 2018  |  10am – 2pm
Mojave Air & Spaceport  |  1434 Flightline, Building 58, Mojave, CA 93501

 

FREE ADMISSION

  • Static Aircraft Display – Historic Aircraft Display Day
  • Guest Speaker Presentation at 11am
  • Art, shirts, hats, books & collectibles for Sale 
  • Bring the Kids & a Camera! Fly in or drive in! 
  • Voyager Restaurant opens at 7 a.m.! 

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GUEST SPEAKER: Jim Payne

Jim Payne will report on the Perlan II
campaign, including the September 3, 2017 flight to 52,172 feet GPS altitude (FL540) setting a new altitude record.

The Airbus Perlan 2 is a pressurized sailplane designed for flight up to FL900. The Perlan team was in El Calafate, Argentina from July to September 2017 for high altitude flights using the Polar Night Jet aka Polar Vortex.

Jim Payne first soared at the Air Force Academy in 1971. At the Academy he made his first wave flight and was immediately hooked. In 1983 Jim got his Gold and Diamond Altitude legs in a SGS 1-26 in the Tehachapi wave.

When he was assigned to staff at the US Air Force Test Pilot School, Class 82B, he was part of the Soar Eagle Project flying a Grob 103 with a pressure suit system.

Soaring in this sailplane Jim earned a Triple Lennie Pin for a flight to 42,200 feet. With the advent of GPS flight recorders, Jim pioneered wave speed records. For many years he held the fastest world record at 247 km/hr (154 mph), a record that was listed in the 2006 Guinness.

In recent years Jim has used the wave to win numerous OLC Championships: the Classic OLC World Championship in 2008 and the North American/USA in 2007, 2008, and 2009 plus the Speed OLC World Championship in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. His furthest flight is 2,180 km (1,354 miles). Jim was awarded the 2001 Lilienthal Medal winner (highest award given by the FAI for gliding) and is a member of the Soaring Hall of Fame.

Jim worked many years at Edwards where he was an F-16XL test pilot, an instructor at TPS, and a Northrop Grumman manager of Global Hawk flight test. Jim piloted the first flights of the Northrop Grumman Firebird II and the Perlan II.

Donation requested for talk.

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PLEASE NO SMOKING AND NO DOGS OR OTHER ANIMALS ON THE FLIGHT LINE
General Parking at Voyager Restaurant (1434 Flight Line # 58, Mojave, CA 93501)
Transient Parking Area – By Old Tower
KMHV – TWR 127.6 WX AWOS-3 (132.225) (661.824.5218)
Ground 123.9 Joshua Approach 133.65
www.airnav.com/airport/KMHV or www.mojaveairport.com

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PLANE CRAZY SATURDAY

Join us every third Saturday at Mojave Air and Spaceport for day of family fun. Come early for breakfast at The Voyager Restaurant.

  • Static Aircraft Display – Historic Aircraft Display Day
  • Guest Speaker Presentation at 11am
  • Art, shirts, hats, books & collectibles for Sale 
  • Bring the Kids & a Camera! Fly in or drive in! 
  • Voyager Restaurant opens at 7 a.m.! 


January 20, 2018 – Jim Payne

February 17, 2018 – Bill Guoan

May 19, 2018 – Mike Massee

 

 

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