Al Marsh

Take a Teton Glider Ride

April 23, 2011 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

See what I was talking about in the April AOPA Pilot article on Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Ride along during a Teton Aviation glider flight out of Driggs, Idaho. It’s available to tourists, but this was a solo flight. See places other visitors to Jackson Hole will never see. On a sad note, the video was shot in 2010 and the towplane pilot is Blake Chapman. On April 8, 2011, Chapman died in a Husky crash. This video is dedicated to him for helping thousands of tourists explore “The Grand,” the biggest peak in Grand Teton National Park.

2 Responses to “Take a Teton Glider Ride”

  1. Scott Chapman Says:


    Thank you for posting this video. As I wrote with the video, this video reminds me of the last ride I took with Dad in his Husky. The day after Thanksgiving was the one clear day that week. We went up and circled the Grand at about 13,500 feet. Thankfully, I have some amazing pictures I took with my phone.

    Scott (Blake’s oldest son)

  2. Alton K. Marsh Says:

    For our readers, Scott is the son of the tow-plane pilot who flew for the video linked in this blog item. The flight was in June of 2010. His father died in 2011. The video is dedicated to Blake Chapman for helping hundreds of tourists to enjoy “The Grand” from a glider launched from Teton Aviation in Driggs, Idaho.

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