I always dreaming of flying my Fearless STD in a big wind tunnel with steady wind and I can adjust the wind speed on demand
Been there done that....Anyone remember the shots we took of Mark Reed from Prism.. flying his little 3D in the "BALL ROOM" of the Boeing Transonic Wind Tunnel. A bunch of us fluttermodel makers were also avid kite flyers. During these times...we always had a Prism 3D near at hand for a quickie "kite fix
Between test runs...the tunnel complex keeps air flowing at about 2 mph (just to help keep the windtunnel's temp. under control...as well as to help remove some of the toxic residue from some of the smoke that was used to photograph air flow patterns..etc. However it was quite easy to adjust that speed quickly.
During one of these calibration tests...Our Boeing photographer shot photos of Mark's pre-Illusion test bed kite, with neon tuffs attached...as it sat in the main test chamber where it was mounted on a sting fixture.
We later obtained a photo release from Boeing Corp. so that Mark could use those wind tunnel photos in some of his first ON LINE websites.
Fortunately for all of us kite-krazies...Mark was often our guest during these "wind tunnel maintence down times...and we would met him at the Gate 18 and provide him with our guest badges.
Another great place to fly at Boeing was inside at the Delivery center bldg. during 2nd shift down times...
The huge hanger doors would be open to expell the hot air from the building. Even though the wind would often be calm outside...just the warm air escaping would provide plenty of steady air for Mark and the rest of us to fly our Prism Vapors and light wind kites.
I have photos that I saved of those fun "down times" of our kite sessions...on my old Micron 166 computer out in the garage.
In the near future...it would be fun to go through them again.
Mark still has many of the old photos also from those krazy daze at the Boeing wind tunnel.
I'll shoot off an E mail...and see if he can share them with us.
Here is a shot where we flew my old Goodwind Flashlight on short lines.
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