I knew the Pratt-Read Glider was being assembled at the Museum of Flight today. I dawdled at home in the morning and didn’t get there until 1100. The efficient team already had it assembled and I met them on their way to lunch.
So I settled down to sketch it as it sat on the floor. Tomorrow it will be raised to the spot where it will hang from the ceiling.
From the Museum’s website:
“In 1952, project pilots Larry Edgar and Harold Klieforth soared to 44,255 feet in a Pratt-Read, setting a new world altitude record for two-place gliders. The record endured for an incredible 54 years, until Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson flew over the Argentinean Andes to 50,727 feet in their modified DG-500, the Perlan I glider.”
The Pratt-Read that flew that record is joining the Perlan glider that also set a record. The Museum has both aircraft in the collection. The Perlan is the white one hanging behind the Pratt-Read (it almost blends into the ceiling).
More photos of the glider here: https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2017-0214-Pratt-Read-Glider/
I had another agenda item for my sketching at the Museum today. The USk flickr group’s weekly theme is “parking lots” and I don’t have any in my sketchbooks. So I sat in the comfort of the Museum cafe and sketched the view of the “Connie” and the parking lot beyond.