This is a photo Journal story, written by Peter Kelly, about Key landing out in a filed near the turnpoint we call The Gold Mines.
Wife Barb, and fellow Amigos Jim and Peter go on a retrieve to bring him home.
2004 was the first year of the VSA Race Series, and this was incident occurred in April.
Info about fields such as this are valuable to all local pilots, even today.
Besides, it’s all a part of our VSA history.
I remember this day quite well. Ray-7V was ahead of us as we flew the 100 k task to (3 Sisters – 7M – Rumsey – 3 Sisters). Jim- 1B and Key-PS and I were not far behind Ray, but it was a matter of altitude above the terrain for each of us, as to whether or not we could make it past the gold mines on the way back to WSC. Key was going for speed and had almost caught up to Ray near the gold mines, but that extra speed cost him some critical altitude – and he did the safe thing and landed in a nice field.
Those darn VSA Races make people do all sorts of crazy things. Pilots aren’t really competitive, are they? Not Much!
See the Photos. Click here to open the event photo album in a new tab. Or, just click on the photo – to see the other seven photos and read the one liners that describe the action.