This was the view after the storm, looking to the south of our booth space. An X-Air sits on a Piper Sport.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Around noon today, March 31, we were hit by a huge storm. Seeking refuge in the van, we watched as the winds picked up past 50mph. We had staked the Phoenix to the ground with 3 foot steel stakes, which held up well. Our tent sailed off across the street, and the wind continued to pick up. Pea sized hail hit, and we couldn't see the Phoenix any longer.
After a full day of rain on Monday, we left Melbourne at dawn on Tuesday morning. MLB was clear, but the fog rapidly filled in on the way to Lakeland.
After orbiting Lakland for half an hour, there was no way the fog was going to lift anytime soon, so Wachula was used for an alternate. We snuck into the ultralight field at 11:30.