Originally posted by Icarus Rising
Thanks for the Luning location. Lots more likely area, though from looking at the map I would guess further south and east, if he made it that far. I
don't claim to be able to RV, I just have lucid dreams once in a while.
I do think he is underwater, or under something, somewhere out there. Is that specific enough for you?
Forgive me if I didn't welcome you aboard with open arms.
[edit on 7-9-2007 by Icarus Rising]
Thank you for the comments... Regarding locations and not being in or from the US I had to rely on what I could find online that appeared to equate to
what I "saw" and lay within the stated search area. Lucid dreams are of course equally valid and you could well be right: I'm perfectly fallible
and am quite willing to accept alternatives to my own
Under something? Yes, that's specific enough -- for me anyway. No arguments there. Regarding the town of Bishop, it was mentioned as his destination
in some on-line media reports I read. (eg CNN.com Thurs Sep 6, 7:31 am update... I gather I shouldn't post external links here but that info will
find it for any who wish to read it.) Of course, as Mr Fossett filed no flight plan Bishop's importance is conjectural -- and the news media are not
infallible in any case. And yes, Mono Lake is useless for his purposes -- which is why I considered it a less likely place. It is the name of it and
how that links to Luning that made me give it some mention.
In respect of flight plans, a friend I often flew with always filed one, even if we were only going on a run to a relatively close destination. And
when we finished our trip and he called Tower and said "Cancel S.A.R." there was always a feeling which I can't describe but which anyone who flies
can probably relate to... And please, I say this with no criticism of Mr Fossett, who is a brilliant pilot...it's just an "I wish..." thought if
you follow me.
Many thanks for the internal link you provided. I am still learning to navigate this site and you have helped me greatly. I'll read it when time
Main thing is that Mr Fossett be found soon. My thoughts are with him and of course his wife and loved ones.
Icarus Rising, your final words moved me and I thank you. Truly. It takes a very big person to ask for forgiveness...even though you did nothing to
really require it. I felt some skepticism in your previous post but no malice...It is so often a problem that when we have nothing but words on a
screen, we may not be interpreted as we intend. It was my first post here (second try as the first attempt "vanished") and hence in my frustration
was not so well written as I would have wished...
Peace also to you.
In response to another post about emergency situations at low altitude... Even assuming that Mr Fossett's aircraft's glide ratio is around 10 to 1
(or better??), then low-altitude flight over rugged terrain would be very problematic in the event of a sudden loss of engine power (or use of it as
in a loose or damaged prop, for example). I have read, though, that in this region the air movement above the ravines and ridges is very unpredictable
and sudden gusts can dramatically affect a small aircraft's ability to fly or at least remain controllable if it is flown too low. Time to recover
the aircraft's stability would be minimal and even a superb pilot would have serious problems.
The same scenario (over rugged terrain) would apply if a pilot experienced a sudden and debilitating medical problem, or if the aircraft suffered a
bird strike which either damaged vital surfaces, the engine, or perhaps disabled the pilot to some degree. Don't know what birds are in that area,
but any person, no matter how apparently fit, can suffer a medical problem. Mr Fossett, being the excellent pilot he is, would certainly avail himself
of regular checkups, reducing that medical risk to its lowest level.