But folks started noticing how the top of Air Force One, which is a rare sighting and now we know why, was fading away, while the underside that Alex exposes to us the most still has some color. The IP 6 model was beyond its life span even with a few line set changes. Although you would never know it with his current standing as number 1 in the 2014 Hawaii XC league.
Without further ado, the new Air Force One was unveiled yesterday at Kahana. It was a strong northeasterly day but I could not wait to see the colors, any color for that matter. Alex had launched from north just as I was starting up the trail. The belly of his new wing looked the same vivid purple and orange as the old one, until he banked left, and the right tip was revealed: an additional color, sky blue. This is the best IP 7 color in my opinion, and with the palette name Merlot, how could you go wrong.
He did not mind flashing his topside as I clicked away. But with a pull of the brake and a slight turn, the new machine whizzed up above me, so some pics of the belly could be recorded. Then, flying side by side, I could see his face, and by the smile you could tell he was happy with the upgrade. He pressed on the speed bar and left me in the vapor trail, with only the sound of singing lines to be heard.
He made the bay crossing (like that is a surprise), but it did take three shots before passing by me, much higher and faster. I never made it up over there, and hitting the black hole by the Lion four times was enough. I did find the new tip color helpful: I can now tell if he is coming or going!
So, I daresay, if you want to see the top of this IP 7 in action, do it while the drapes match the carpet.
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