Friday, November 14, 2008

Landing on our airstrip

This is a landing on our short airstrip. The airstrip was 440 meters long and we always had a bit of a downdraft as we flew in over the river. On this day the downdraft was quite strong.






A slide show of our jungle flight program.

18 comments:

Brenda said...

Bob liked this :)

The Hermit said...

Crank those flaps all the way down, trim the nose, hit the numbers (or where they would be if there were any) and cross your fingers.

Thursday's Child said...

Oh, my!

Paulo e Helena said...

I like your blog. It was a pleasant surprise. I am a sociologist of Portugal and won you a new admirer.
Greetings
Paulo Goncalves

Gayle said...

Since the landing strip was grass, my guess is you didn't fly during the rainy season?

I took flying lessons in a small Cesna. I haven't flown one in years, but I know I could still fly if I had to, although I doubt I could land. Somehow I think that might be the most important part. LOL!

Jungle Mom said...

Welcome paulo!

Jungle Mom said...

hermit, Do you fly?

GutsyWriter said...

It reminded me of landing on the island we lived on in Belize. Thanks for making me feel that again. Who was the pilot? Also, loved your embarrassing story on my blog. Hope you win. We'll have to get as many as possible to vote next week.

KG said...

Somehow, I don't think my "fast and flat" preference would work here!

Jungle Mom said...

gayle, we actually built the strip so that the water ran off fairly quickly. We could not land or take off in the rain but we did have fights all year round.

Jungle Mom said...

gutsywriter, it was fun!
This landing was done by another missionary serving with New Tribes Mission Aviation. My husband was filming. I was on the air strip and honestly thought they would had crashed as the plane dipped lower than the river bank before gaining enough lift to land.

Brooke said...

Holy cow! That's a wild ride!

Shane Rios said...

Whoa AWESOME LANDING!

grammy said...

How fun, I just landed in the jungle (o:

MightyMom said...

"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N Roses is now running through my mind!

got a pilot friend, gonna send him the linky loo!

Charles said...

You may not have planned it or meant it when you posted, but this one was specially for me. Love it. I hope one day we have all get to ride together and share flying stories.

Jungle Mom said...

charles, so glad you enjoyed it! We do have a church near you ,in Greenville. Maybe in 4 yrs. we can take you up on that offer.

groovyoldlady said...

I feel exactly the same way when I try to ride my bike in the Spring crosswinds.

Well, maybe not exactly...

OK, it's not even remotely the same, but it suits my dramatic nature to imagine it thusly!