Way back in 1975, my friend, Jerry Flynn,
and I (Kirt Blattenberger) assisted Dick Weber in his successful flight on June
14, 1975, that set a new FAI Closed Course Record of 225 miles in 5 hours and 38
minutes. See the credits on page 37. The Tortoise got its name by virtue of the
craft having landed near a turtle on the runway. It was a long day, with everyone
being sunburned by the end of it.
Note: This article on the Tortoise
has now been OCR'ed (optical character recognition) so that all of the text is searchable.