08 May 2011
The News Virginian

She started by biting her lower lip.

It was pre-flight jitters, mostly hidden in a stiff westerly wind that tossed the hair of a dozen onlookers.

At 14, Lillymae Gunick prepared Friday to do what few before her have attempted in their early teens: a solo flight in a glider plane.

Without an engine rumbling with her, Lillymae soared through a mostly clear sky, pillowing into thermal spires before floating to the ground.

"The kid has got an incredible amount of moxie and discipline," said Ben Johnson, club secretary for the Shenandoah Valley Soaring Club. "The people who get this far, they're pretty motivated people."

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