Top 10 – Gliders Skimming Through Mountain Gaps

Top 10 – Gliders Skimming Through Mountain Gaps


[laughing with pleasure] – and it’s gonna get bumpy – [Music swells] Okay So this is like my new favourite kind of soaring – [laughs] Just playing around in the mountains. This is … I mean, you can get yourself in trouble ssso quick. It is – I mean – you’re making split-second decisions that truly are affecting … your life! – you know – am I gonna live through this … manoeuvre I’m just about to do, and … I didn’t see it until … three seconds before. I could do it, but … I’ve got a wife and kids. Sorry [laughs] It would’ve been okay, but … what I like to say is … if I do – [stops talking to concentrate] if I can do it a hundred times out of a hundred – great! But if it’s only 99 out of a hundred … one out of a hundred is not good enough odds. It’s not worth it. This is fun! Boy, isn’t this pretty? Gorgeous! [the music is really ramping up now] [background noises of the radio, the vario, the flap adjustments, and – of course – the comforting hiss of the air flowing across the wings] [chortling with sheer joy] Whoaahohohooo! Weahahooooo! That was woooooaaa! [trying to verbalise the intense pleasure] That was exciting! Oooh this looks interesting – I gotta do it! [you can hear him smiling] [Delighted chortling]

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  • QSQCaito

    Amazing video Bruno, but the music!!

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  • DemonHamster

    Wow amazing!

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  • Casper Nilsson

    WOW! This is amazing!

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  • Darrell Knight

    I know your having fun flying through passes, just don't become a splat cause that will ruin your day. Be safe Bruno!!!!

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  • Tom Bean

    That last one had serious pucker factor!

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  • Jeremy Saunders

    Amazing skill but please don't get too bold, want to see you flying for years to come. ATB Jez.

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  • D W

    Bro you are insane! Did a double take on the thumbnail… unreal!

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  • Chris Davies

    This video scared the shit out of me, even though I knew nothing bad happens!

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  • ljfinger

    "Please note the airspeed going through each pass is at least over 100 miles per hour and there is plenty of energy in the glider to pull up and gain hundreds of feet at any moment."

    And that is why each of these choices was safe. Well, as safe as can be when flying so close to terrain.

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  • Texas Flyer

    Sweet video. I am like minded in that I will have the maximum fun and excitement as I see fit while staying withing the rules that govern my type of flying as well. It's horribly flat where I live but I have posted a video years ago of me flying right on top of the water at a local lake. I guess what I am trying to say is that I don't let the taliban tell me how to live. As long as I stay in the good graces of the almighty FAA then my ears are deaf to any criticisms.

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  • Jorge Luis Aguirre

    I need to say WOOOOWWW!!! it's so beautiful and dangerous too! tanks tanks for share!

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  • IndyHelis

    Number 3 was neat when you flew over the campground… i bet they shat a brick and i wouldve loved to have seen footage from the ground as you flew over..

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  • fprintf

    Top 10s are nice but the music is kind of annoying. The white noise from the air going past the sailplane is music enough!

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  • cabdolla

    Rock on! We need to make that video confirming the pull up altitude numbers.

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  • Colin Bowman

    LOWER!

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  • Lucas Rea

    "I gotta do it" at the end is the best.

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  • RegressMeNot

    My favorites will always be the ones when you low pass hikers.

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  • Aero Simplified

    WOOWW Amazing skill..

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  • Mike Jarolim

    enjoy 🙂

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  • superspeeed

    7:00 O k you won't make that.

    7:05 OK time to bank around it

    7:15 Ok seriously now, sinking, bank right around!

    7:24 OK my dood, good luck..

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  • Lorentz Invariant

    The lesson I get from this is, not that these maneuvers are particularly dangerous, but, that airspeed is your friend. You had plenty in all these. Great fun Bruno. Can't wait to get up there myself!

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  • WORRO01

    Pure AWESOME!👌👍

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  • Marco Maceri

    Great Video, as always, Bruno…although…reall wondering how you got away from gap n. 3 🙂

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  • J. Brian Bobiak

    Keeping an eye on your ASI during number three. I could feel my gut tighteing up.

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  • Joe Smith

    This was super cool. I like the music. I still like your old style of raw footage, but this is just as good and you probably will get more hits on the condensed highlights.

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  • DrCuliflor

    Epic

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  • Rüdiger Hartmann • HIDDEN BIOLOGICAL EVENTS

    Hello Bruno,
    BREATHTAKING ! At least we got something to remember you.

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  • Scott Gaul

    Bruno, I would love to see you try a 360 degree camera. The new Rylo would be great. https://youtu.be/JG1Cbmho9Ck

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  • Fishergunner

    what glider do you have?

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  • David Salt

    It would be nice to mention what mountain ranges and states you were in when flying.

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  • Mitko Nikitov

    8, 6 and 3 were way too close IMHO.
    You gotta be more careful B4 🙂

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  • Chris Grab

    Nice!

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  • Jack

    Can you imagine a glider dog fight.

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  • DumbledoreMcCracken

    The low and fast French fighter pilot videos do not compare.

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  • Geo Biery

    What is that thing you continually grab at with your land hand? It looks a lot like a throttle.

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  • stealhty1

    Really cool , but doesn't worth the risk

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  • lautoka63

    Clearly, Bruno, we love you like a brother – which is why many of the brothers want to slap you and say "Stop this sort of thing!"  Just as with real brothers, of course, it's purely selfish – we just want to see your videos for many years to come.  You might want to add your years of experience and number of hours, to ensure that relative newbies don't try to emulate you.

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  • Xavier

    N°3 was frightening, with nowhere to land and 'quite' low speed…

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  • Schpankme Verimuch

    The music selection was magnificent. Thank you

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  • Flogang 601

    i found you on Instagram but you dont post:(

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  • Eiraj Mirza

    Bruno, what are your thoughts about a glider like Silent 2 Electro? seems like best possible combo

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  • Robert McSpadden

    A very STRANGE ad (Poo-Pourri) about "anti-poop-deodorant" ran right before I watched this video….which leads me to ask…well….okay, so what if you had eaten a bowl of black bean soup the night before a flight the next morning? What do you do "when nature calls" over your long flights? Couldn't the need to GO real bad present a problem with no place handy to land? Have you ever found yourself in this situation?

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  • patcojack

    Top 2…The November Wave flight over Cache Valley [At the beginning you can see Hyrum Reservoir and my rc sailplane ridge] and the Cloud Street porpoising coming coming back after looping the Boy Scouts near Grand Junction.

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  • Raster

    My suggested Title for this video: "Don't let your kids grow up to be Test Pilots!"

    I suggest if you make an edited video #1 has to be the one where you are going up a valley, kind of a box canyon and you come in the bottom, flying up it at about 4 times tree height… there are some buildings there, you're sort of heading right for them, you still have some speed and you're starting to pick up some lift so you rise up the left edge of the canyon… That is #1 (most visible danger… hair raising for a pilot). Think about it, flying up a canyon at the bottom of the "U" (in a glider) with just some modest extra speed, and the sense that there's plenty of lift. Nope, I wouldn't do that one myself on purpose.

    That reminds me… someone needs to design a device that wholly fills the inside of your cockpit with foam that sets instantly, so you can pull that button at the last second as one sees trees and rocks approaching. Boink! Bounce off of it… then the next week the video shows you flying a new glider.

    Sincerely, thanks for talking about "Belleka" in one of your videos. I did a lookup and I've been watching dozens of his videos. His videos are incredible (so are yours)!
    His story is still maximally poignant even for someone who comes along a year after he has passed away. By the way, we all should strive to match his flying style. He is smooth, deliberate, yet perfectly accurate with his ridge soaring stick control inputs (he was probably just as great with the rudder pedals). Sometimes you get a sense he is flying a 747… that kind of smooth.

    Cheers!

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  • stu281

    Old pilots and bold pilots spring to mind. But excellent flying skills.spectacular

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  • chrisj800

    You are king of the mountains!

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  • Twobarpsi

    Love the top ten video! Soaring is flying with impunity! There are powered pilots that wouldn't even attempt this!

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  • Alexander F

    Can you do a cockpit tour of B4? I know you did one some time ago but I would like to see what it looks like right now in detail.

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  • Twobarpsi

    #6!

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  • wpherigo1

    Is powered flight safer doing that kind of flying? ‘Scuse my ignorance, Bruno, but what is your day job? Love your videos! I learned gliding in 1978 in Caddo Mills , TX in a Schweizer 233 and spent several more hours in a 126 before funds ran out.

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  • Tincholimonada

    You don't have to, you don't teach anything with this…….maybe you just show off

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  • Clemens Pape

    For what… internet „fame“? Pretty sure you will die some day if you continue flying like that Bruno. I know my stuff, and this is just a bit too much. And don’t say „I had at least 100mph and could easily land“ as explanation. Always happy landings.

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  • Chris Foote

    It's rare for a glider video to make me feel tense but you did it.

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  • Mark JT

    Nr. 1: It's that "I gotta do it…" and the slightly evil chuckle that makes me smile from ear-to-ear every time 🙂

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  • Željko Penić

    so good in 7:28 ……. love this !!!!!

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  • Jim Metzger

    Awesome!

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  • John Gleason

    God! Bruno! Your videos are so amazing and so inspiring. You are so lucky to live in the perfect geography to be able to fly the way you do. And I think it would take a lot of experience to learn to do what you do without flying into the mountain. Good of you to put the warning on the front end of this video. Don't worry about me. I don't think I'll ever have the balls to fly so close to the trees.

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  • John Gleason

    Please take care. We want these videos to keep coming. But we'd rather be satisfied with all you have already produced than to find out that you got a little too close to the mountan.

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  • John Gleason

    I assume those yellow trees interspersed in there are aspens after they have turned yellow in the fall. Is that right?

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  • Honourable Fighter

    Sir Bruno Please do a fly over "morning glory" 🙂

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  • J Pike

    Good lord. You must check your "cats lives" meter often. Might be a good onscreen display for this video. I've heard of powered planes commonly under estimating their climb rate relative to terrain. Is it easier to judge with a glider's overall slower ground speed + its ability to climb quickly with enough air speed? Or is it just pure skill on your behalf.

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  • zwilk18

    I'm working on my PPL and ive been wanting to give a glider a try. Maybe sometime this summer!

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  • Blair P

    Thanks Bruno for all your great video's it has inspired me to give it a go this is my second lesson and my first tow without help. https://youtu.be/qXR-c5XlZ2c

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  • htoby

    Hey bruno. I just bought my membership and insurance to start gliding! Going to do my first real learning flight on Sunday. I'm looking forward to it so much.

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  • Lorentz Invariant

    FYI accident report concerning the incident in which Matt Wright aka Balleka was killed was just published. Very very sad.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-accident-monthly-bulletin-february-2018

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  • tiivi taavi

    is he okay? not videos for a while, I am a bit afraid..

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  • theone2be33

    I really think you should talk about the safety training and your years of experience and knowledge to fly the way you do! I would hate to see someone get killed trying to imitate your bold antics

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  • utubeoracle

    Bruno, times up! get on with it..

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  • JB Outdoors And More

    That's bad ass . Great job. 👏👏👏👏👏

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  • Dan H

    It’s been way too long since you’ve posted a video!!

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  • waitwatlol

    Do you give lessons? Please say yes.

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  • obey conform today

    Where is bruno?

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  • Diablotor2

    You're literally my idol. I'm only 15 and just completed training on the ask-21 so I may now fly solo on the ask-23. I hope I can ever be as good as you are! It's a long way but I hope that I'll get there some day

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  • Fabzil

    Like this kind of top 10 videos, it changes from the 40min once in a while

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  • Eduardo Ferrer

    so nice 🙂

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  • Stephanie Kent

    great flying , you know your ship well and you limits ,cheers from a glider girl in NZ I Love being low and fast but always with somewhere to land , whereas you just go woohoo 🙂

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  • Justin Shrawder

    That type of flying will make you feel alive!!! Great flying Bruno!

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  • TheKizzyfish

    If only you had a chase cam….;)

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  • Alexandr Ivovich

    Thank you for your flights!

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  • Stephanie Kent

    hi from new zealand, I love flying low and fast but, you take it a notch up wow, I had friends who flew like you, amazing pilots who would just shoot the gaps and go, go, go …. some lived some died , its a magnificent game for sure, but yes your right ,it will kill you if you dont respect it.

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  • Alexander Samuelsson

    Great music, great video, feels like some sort of movie, it's rather scifi to be at an age and time where all this is possible!

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  • polarstar17000

    magnifiques vidéos, pourrais-tu en faire une avec des commentaires en français ?

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  • David C. Gulliver

    OK, I love this stuff! I was watching a video of you doing a task, and- you noticed some hikers on a broad path (road?) You decided to buzz them- like 5 times, while flying around this somewhat low bluff… After, 5 broad passes, and, maybe 3 + miles of travel- you decide too get on with your task. The stored energy is almost unbelievable. How can you fly acro for over 3+ miles, then get back on task, as if you hadn't lost a single foot of elevation? In this clip, #1 I was surprised that you didn't drop the nose, and, convert some energy to 'make' the cut in the rocks. Yes, it was very close…

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  • Victor-Emmanuel

    I always come back to this video 🙏

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  • Sky Surfer

    Ok, That's Just Way Too Much Plane Fun For One Person To Keep To Himself! Check Your Six!

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  • Jan H

    Wow. Most of your videos are rather relaxing but these moments have a lot of adrenaline and action! Somewhat scary too.

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  • Chris Ruf

    I can tell it is high, but what's your typical Airspeed during these?

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  • On the money

    Go Bruno ! Be careful please.

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  • Don Beuch

    There's a lot of BOLD pilots and a lot of OLD pilots BUT VERY FEW OLD BOLD PILOTS! Cloud base seldom kills anyone but the GROUND always does! I hope you have a $200K life insurance policy for your family. Good luck.😧

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  • Michel Busquet

    Encore heureux que vous volez à 180. Mais trop près des arbres, et des faux plats. Un bon pilote et un pilote qui vit vieux. Heureusement qu'il n'y en a aucun qui fasse les mêmes conneries en venant d'en face …

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  • Trevor Cox

    You are heading for a accident and it's not if but when

    Stop showing off

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  • Master Hans

    C'est grave lourd mec ! J'aimerai bien me mettre au planeur mais à 21 ans il n'y a plus de bourses, donc c'est dur de financer. Peut-être que faire un stage dans un aérodrome arrangerait les choses ?

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  • Oscar Butlin

    Hi I fly at London gliding club in Dunstable UK. I’m 13 and I am on the road to solo (I’m 14 in September). I love flying but where I live it’s hard to ever get a really long flight (unless your very lucky). I find this really annoying as I have to take so many aerotows to learn everything as the flights on average only last 15-20mins.

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  • Modellpilot.EU, stunning, amazing and awesome rc videos.

    Flying in the low smooth valley was nearby, do you have a turbo on board?

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  • POPS

    There are plenty of Glider pilots out there that should never be doing this, most know who they are, some don't know who they are. I hope this does not embolden those that should never be doing this to go for it.. I'm glad you plastered on the opening shot that doing this could render you deader than a doornail.

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  • Mr Penguin

    U got to have good faith in ridge lift for no 3… Man I would have soiled myself.

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  • Max Wagner

    Love it man. Incredible video.

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  • David Fall

    Glad you checked there were no hikers down there – or maybe aviation law is different in the US.

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  • Denis Cajat

    Attention pilotage très professionnel,au ras des cimes .

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  • Casey Bowman

    I'd rather fly like this than a few thousand feet up.

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