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Beautiful; flying scenes
on August 25, 2008
THE STORY: Chris Jury (played by himself) is a teenage boy in California who spends his free time watching Condors. The endangered birds are very graceful in flight for their size. Chris meets a woman that is a sailplane glider pilot attempting to win a distance award, and he takes up sailplane lessons from an instructor (Fred Harris). Eventually Chris can soar with his condors.
BEHIND THE SCENES AND TRIVIA: The story is an episode of the Walt Disney World of Color television show. The episode was produced by James Algar. The script by Homer McCoy is based on a story by Ken Nelson, who also served as a field producer and photographer of condors for the project. The musical score is by veteran Disney Studio composer Buddy Baker. Originally aired on television on NBC's Wonderful World of Color on February 19, 1967 and re-aired on May 28 of that year, and again on April 15, 1973. Sailplanes were also used in another television episode called "The Sky Trap".