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The public is invited to celebrate the 20th annual National Public Lands Day by joining Friends of Ironwood Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Land Management and the Tucson Soaring Club for projects to benefit bighorn sheep.
The miracle of flight is something some people use only for travel, others compete with it, but for Oro Valley resident Paul Moffett, he now uses the miracle of flight for joy as he glides above Marana.
In early May, I received an email from a gentleman who read my article about taking a flying lesson in a Cessna. He enjoyed it, but invited me out to fly in a glider with the Tucson Soaring Club, saying it was a cheaper way to learn how to fly.
Paul Moffett, who is a member of the Tucson Soaring Club, goes over a few final pointers with Tucson resident Rebecca Prechtel prior to her first glider flight, which was above Marana.
A two-seater glider makes a safe landing onto the Tucson Soaring Club’s runway west of Marana.
Paul Moffett, who has been a member of the Tucson Soaring Club for about two years, has found gliding to be a nice change from flying jets commercially and jets in the Navy.
Paul Moffett, who is a member of the Tucson Soaring Club, briefly goes over the instruments inside a glider with Tucson resident Rebecca Prechtel
With the help of others, Oro Valley resident Paul Moffett, right, brings a glider out onto the runway at the Tucson Soaring Club runway west of Marana.
Oro Valley resident Paul Moffett, who is a safety officer for the Tucson Soaring Club, readies a glider for flight.
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Terry Ketron/Special to The Explorer, Glider instructor Randy Acree soars over and around the rocky pinnacles near Ragged Top Mountain while demonstrating the Grob 103 sailplane to a prospective member of the Tucson Soaring Club. The view from a sailplane cockpit is virtually unobstructed, and the near silent beauty of glider flight is the stuff of poetry.
Terry Ketron/Special to The Explorer, Flight instructor Richard Barnes guides a wingtip on a Grob 103 sailplane that belongs to Tucson Soaring Club as he prepares to go up with a student pilot. When Barnes isn't teaching at El Tiro Gliderport, he teaches jet jockeys to fly multi-million dollar business jets. The soaring club will be holding an open house this Saturday and Sunday.
Terry Ketron/Special to The Explorer, Glider pilot Tony Smolder is one of some 110 glider pilots and enthusiasts at El Tiro Gliderport, the base for Tucson Soaring Club. His reflection can be seen in the highly polished canopy of the PZL sailplane as he follows the tow plane to 5,000 feet above the desert before releasing his tow rope. Smolder is helping to organize the open house the club is holding Nov. 14-15.