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Air Zero-G flight August 2021

Actually this flight should have taken place in 2020, as my 20th flight anniversary. But because of the Corona pandemic it was moved to 2021 and did not take place under the usual familiar conditions.

Arcachon

As before the trip first went by train to Arcachon for a few days.


Beach of Arcachon with wale fin


The tide is rising and soon some bath towels would be hectically moved...


Das Hotel has changed a bit, the access to the upper floor is now by an external staircase


Sand animals


Another piece of sand art

The artists of course were hoping for a sympathetical offering for their effort.


Sunset at the beach

The winter village (Ville d'hiver) of Arcachon

A few impressions with nice architecture and scenery.


View from the lookout in the direction of the bassion of Arcachon


The vegetation is definitely different from the one in German towns


Palm trees in the Parc Mauresque, a little parc in the winter village




The lookout Observatoire Sainte-Cécile


Extraordinarily nice wooden rafters


Decoration grid on the roof and unusual chimneys

Catamaran sailing in the bassin of Arcachon

From Arcachon one can do a boat trip through the bassin and sail all the way to the dune:


The catamarans Tip Top One und Tip Top Two


The sails were straightened


The bar


Cap Ferret seen from the seaside


View over the island back to Arcachon


Oyster and mussel buffet


Return to the harbour of Arcachon

Cap Ferret and Atlantic beach

This time I also made it to Cap Ferret on land.


Arrival at Jetée de Bélisaire at low tide


here you have to cross the tidal flat


Forest on Cap Ferret


An empty egg shell, probably from a small cat shark


Depart at Jetée de Bélisaire at high tide


Low tide between headland and fishing village


Local flora


On the atlantic beach


View towards Dune du Pilat from the tip of Cap Ferret

The must-have visit on the Dune du Pilat

This time the sand was very hot, and also there were Covid restrictions in the access area (mask obligation).


View from the ascent


On the seashore at low tide


View from the dune towards the sea

The zero-g flight

Bsically it is always the same scheme: There is a get-to-know evening, directly before the flight there is a briefing, then the flight follows and after the flight there is a lunch. This time all went a bit different due to the Corona pandemic. Flight suits (in my case I didn't need a flight suit, because I still have the one from last time), patches and socks were given out at the evening get-together, after that we had a drink and little talk on the terrace, but no dinner. This time I was in "Team Moon". On the next day there was no snack before the flight, the breakfast at the hotel had to be enough. Also we had to wear a medical mask on the flight (I hope I have to never experience this again, because I cannot really get along with masks even 2 years into the pandemic).


The mandatory briefing


I do a hand-over-hand floating through the aircraft


A perfect splits on the ceiling (but not by me)


I let a ball float


I tried to turn around to the photographer (or something like that)


Acrobatic trials


The obligatory human chain


The recorded flight track from Flightradar24, the parabolas
are visible on the colour of the track

The following video shows the best scenes from the flight. 16 parabolas were flown altogether: 1 times Moon gravity, 2 times Mars gravity and 13 times zero-g. I have tried again to experiment with some movements, but this time I didn't have a feeling of success with my trials. At the beginning there are scenes from the two moon gravity parabolas, after that zero-g, but somehow I also had bad luck with the video regarding good shots. That's why this video turned out quite short. I am the one with the long hair and the braid.


The flight video


Team Moon with Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy (in the front left in the blue flight suit) in front of the aircraft with Corona distance


Last advice from our instructor Neil Melville (in blue)


I try out spins


Ball games and upside down trials


Small group floating picture (the best one of me on this flight, sadly this time I was very unlucky with pictures)


Superman


Floating coloured water droplets (to make them better visible)


On the flight back to Mérignac


Lunchtime after the flight

Last day in Bordeaux

Bordeaux has become a very nice city, as the following examples show. When I got to know it the first time almost 20 years ago, the renovation had just started, almost all of the building walls were black and next to the Gironde the traffic was immense.


The eastern side of the cathedral St. André


The water mirror on the Place de la Bourse, a very popular meeting point in ot weather


Artistic details on the building of the Chamber of Commerce

Until next time!


Entrance of the cathedral St. André


Pont de Pierre with park


Porte Cailhau, an old city gate