June 11, 1990 |
Donald D'Amato of Riverton had hoped to spend about an hour in a glider yesterday afternoon, sailing through a blue sky on warm buoyant air. But he lost his bearings on takeoff at the Hammonton Airport at 4 p.m. and lost his wind about 10 minutes later in Shamong Township, where he made an emergency landing in a bluegrass sod field on Indian Mills Road in a two-seat, Schweizer glider, officials said. "He just lost his wind and came on down," said Lester Abrams, owner of the Jade Run Turf & Sod Farm.
May 5, 2013 |
The pilot of a glider was injured Saturday during takeoff at the Van Sant Airport in Erwinna, Bucks County, police said. The 70-year-old man piloting the motorless aircraft was not identified. Police said he detached the glider from the airplane that was starting to pull it aloft. The glider then "bellyflopped" on the grass runway, and the pilot was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Pennsburg with facial lacerations, said Bucks County Rangers chief Steve Long. Police said that they received a call at 11:43 a.m. reporting the incident.
August 20, 1994 |
Fifty years ago this week, I was a 23-year-old glider pilot with the 439th Troop Carrier Group on my first combat mission participating in air and sea landings on the French Riviera. I was nervous but strangely elated after having missed the Normandy invasion. About 3 p.m. on Aug. 15, 1944, 372 twin-engined Dakotas, each towing a Waco CG-4A glider, took off from airfields near Rome. Besides my copilot (Bud Klimek, now of Lyme, Conn.), the glider carried two artillerymen of the famous 442nd "Go for Broke" Nisei Regiment and a jeep.
July 28, 1990 |
Carol Hickey was an all-around athlete growing up in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. She played basketball and field hockey, and was a gymnast. Then, on Sept. 20, 1982, a truck struck her while she was riding her bicycle, breaking her spine. She was paralyzed from the waist down. For Hickey, now 24, that proved to be only an interruption to her active life, not an end. After four years in Ireland's National Rehabilitation Center in Dublin, Hickey got on with her life, began racing in a wheelchair and became a member of the Irish National Wheelchair Basketball Team.
February 6, 2007 |
A submersible, robotic glider that took on the frigid waters of the Antarctic has wowed oceanographers by collecting in 24 days almost as much data as research vessels had gathered in 12 years. The glider, operated from 7,000 miles away by a team of Rutgers researchers and their computer, was plucked from the water last week, its mission declared a resounding success. The complex ecosystem of the extreme southern waters is largely unknown and difficult to study, but hugely important since this is where global warming's effects are most dramatic.
December 21, 2009 |
The sea was heaving, the skies gray. The captain of the research ship was worried about the weather. About 120 miles off the coast of Spain, three Rutgers University scientists had a narrow window of opportunity to find and retrieve their prize - an 8-foot, torpedo-shaped yellow robot that they had launched seven months earlier off the coast of New Jersey. They could grab it and learn from it, or in the rough seas accidentally ram it and sink it. After an hour of pitching in the 20-foot waves, the shipmates let out a cheer.
October 31, 2004 |
More so than surfers and golfers, fishers and farmers and, certainly, butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers, glider enthusiasts need ideal weather conditions to make their day. They look for cumulus clouds in the morning. If they see those billowy masses of moisture floating around in the atmosphere, and it is not too windy or rainy; if a cold front is coming in and warm surface air rising, it's: "Hook up the glider trailer, baby, we're going to fly!" Otto Zauner, 84, of Vineland, has spent many, many mornings looking at the sky for that heavenly sign of good soaring weather.
September 14, 2004 |
Cathy McLaughlin hoisted herself from the wheelchair into the sailplane's cockpit using her arms. Her legs were eased into each side of the steering column by Fred Mann, who pilots gliders for Freedom's Wings International. The clear-plastic canopy was lowered, preflight check completed, and the glider hooked up to a tow plane that carried McLaughlin and Mann 3,000 feet aloft. Released over Van Sant Airport in Erwinna, Bucks County, the pair caught thermals - invisible uplifts - and for about 45 minutes traced lazy 8s and circles across the sky before coming down on the airport's grassy runway.
January 9, 2007 |
Things were going swimmingly for a Rutgers University robotic glider cruising through the frigid waters off Antarctica when, suddenly, its data-gathering mission was aborted. A mere teaspoon of water was to blame. The glider, dubbed ru05, had sprung a leak. Its onboard computer activated a satellite phone on its tail, which notified the Rutgers computer in New Brunswick. Humans sprang into action. And at 6 a.m. in Antarctica yesterday, about 12 hours after the leak was detected, a National Science Foundation research vessel plucked the ailing robot from the water.