Two Record holders

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.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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4 Responses to Two Record holders

  1. joantav says:

    As always, great sketches from the museum.

  2. miatagrrl says:

    Great sketch of a parking lot “in context”! It’s easy enough to sketch a lot from a car, but not as easy to also show what people are parked there for!

    -Tina

  3. redharparts says:

    Thanks, Joan and Tina. Just sketching cars didn’t interest me so I wanted to add more interest.

  4. redharparts says:

    UPDATE: The Seattle Times photo essay on the glider I sketched earlier this week. Pete, in the second photo, is a docent with whom I work on Thursday mornings. AND he works at the Museum’s restoration center in Everett, having spent 8 years on this project! Amazing man.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/restored-1942-glider-readied-for-display-at-museum-of-flight/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

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