Biggar glider pilot Iain Russell reaches new heights

GLIDER PILOT FROM BIGGAR SOARS TO 20,500 FEET ABOVE SCOTTISH BORDERS ON SUNDAY 26th June 2011.''Remarkable day's flying we had at Borders Gliding Club, at Milfield near Wooler yesterday on Sunday June 26th - when many of our pilots reached heights of 10,000 - 17,500 feet and one pilot - Iain Russell of Biggar, reached a staggering 20,500 feet on a flight  that lasted four and half hours and took him from Wooler to Dunbar on Scotland's East coast, and back again.
GLIDER PILOT FROM BIGGAR SOARS TO 20,500 FEET ABOVE SCOTTISH BORDERS ON SUNDAY 26th June 2011.''Remarkable day's flying we had at Borders Gliding Club, at Milfield near Wooler yesterday on Sunday June 26th - when many of our pilots reached heights of 10,000 - 17,500 feet and one pilot - Iain Russell of Biggar, reached a staggering 20,500 feet on a flight that lasted four and half hours and took him from Wooler to Dunbar on Scotland's East coast, and back again.

WHEN glider pilot Iain Russell found himself unexpectedly – and entirely reluctantly – flying at twice the height he wanted to, he had a few wee worries on his mind.

Like colliding with an airliner or RAF jet fighter, for example!

The adventure for Biggar resident Iain began routinely with him accompanying fellow pilots from their Borders Gliding Club down to Milfield near Wooler in the North of England for what should have been an enjoyable flying weekend outing.

Indeed, for the rest of the Borders squadron it was a fairly relaxing day’s aerial sport, the usual height of 10,000 to even as high as 17,000 feet being reached by members in their gliders.

However, instead of the brief, pleasurable flight over the stark Northumberland countryside, a freak airflow saw Iain zooming up to over 20,000 feet and making an unexpectedly early return to Scotland, reaching as far north as Dunbar before returning to Milfield in a four and a half hour marathon flight.

For the full story, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.