This picture reminds me of what Astronauts Bob and Doug said about the new Dragon crew capsule. "So this is what a 21st century spacecraft looks like." Three huge touchscreens and not much else. This cockpit looks like the Apollo capsules and the Space Shuttles, i.e., lots of dials and switches.
Richard you are right. But flying in this mountainous area makes pilots feel ecstatic for hours.Glider pilots clearly have nerves of steel. If I was flying an unpowered aircraft I don't think I would let the airfield out of my sight, certainly not to go exploring some mountainous cul-de-sac.
Steve Fossett was a glider pilot besides holding some other licences.Happy to see someone else doing it, but it's definitely not for me ...
There's a name in my head when I see pictures of aircraft and mountains together, and that name is Steve Fossett.
I flew model airplanes for many years. I was never into true scale models, but I knew a few people who built some incredibly precise scale models of real aircraft.