The beautiful reservoir near Sutherlin was in perfect shape. The water was up to the edge, the clouds were puffy white decorations in the sky and the pilots were ready to go. Then the wind started howling and the sky turned as dark as I have ever seen it and it took a brave pilot to risk his plane. This was pretty much the story on Friday and Saturday but Sunday was glorious as the landscape below suggests. The pilots who waited till Sunday had a pretty easy time getting off the water with little or no "drama".
Close to 40 flyers showed up for this year's festivities and as usual, the Rogue-Eagles were well represented.
Our own Taylor Dent (inset) won the grand prize in the raffle of a nice Great Planes Spacewalker complete with a monster OS FS-120; the prize being presented in this photo by his son, James — a future Rogue-Eagle, for sure!
The variety of float planes always amazes and is one of the treats one finds at larger gatherings. There did seem to be four major categories. First of course are the cubs of all sizes:
Second come the sport planes that fly very well on floats... the Ventures, the Four Stars and even an Astro Hog done up in Navy colors with one float!
Thirdly, the nasty boys... the NorthStars. Delta-wing, Go-Fast, Turn-Left monsters!
There are always some unique birds that fly much better than one would think.
Finally, Kudos to the Rogue-Eagles for taking up retrieval boat duties when they saw a need. Here is Larry Myers, one of several Eagles who rescued many downed airplanes instead of waiting. We all appreciate their efforts and they perhaps saved even further damage.