- Jul 30, 2014
- KWHP, Los Angeles CA, USA
Oh heck Pops, you would have made a fantastic sailplane racer! That's the same maneuver we used to shoot our "turnpoint pictures" to prove we completed the course. Had two old-school Kodak X-15 "Instamatic" cameras mounted just above our left shoulder, shooting out along the leading edge of the left wing. A 90 degree bank turn over a specific landmark or airport was made, shooting the picture at the apex of the turn. When we landed we'd turn in our film and they would develop it on the spot, and verify we flew from the start, to X, to Y, to Z, and then back to the finish. Could get a little spooky with eight or ten gliders doing at over the same airport thoughpull up, with a hammer head revolving on a wing tip over the well. No doors on the airplane. We got the picture.
Here's a good representation of a typical cross country turnpoint photo I found online, but with a much nicer camera: