I have been flying Flight's since 1997. I acquired the strain I have now from Richie Bailin (Plain heads) and Joe Campione (Caps). This is my third try to raise and fly a STOCK of Flight's. The first two times were very disappointing, poor quality birds that would not fly. With the great stock, and superb guidance feedback from the above gentlemen, I could not be more pleased with my current Flight's. As you can see from the pictures they are great looking birds, deep color, long BRIGHT beak, cere, feet and eyes. The Flight's are unbelievable parents and best of all, excellent flyers. I've also raised Roller Pigeons for 30+ years, but its almost to the point I hate to (show / fly) the Flight's for someone that has come to see the Rollers, as they tend to forget the Rollers and want Flight's. Sometimes it is hard for me to keep a large stock going as I try to help others get started.
Bailin Bloodline of Flying Flight's... owned and flown by: Sam DaMommio
Thoughts and quotes from Sam Damommio
Interviewed by: Bolingbrook Bob June 17 2001
Let me recount some of the “Flying Maneuvers” for lack of a better term, that I have observer from my own back yard.
In late 1999 I was flying 54 Flight's in what I will call a Mature Stock. All birds were at least 5 months old, flying together for a while, etc. When you do this, don’t introduce young birds to the bundle, just let them work together as they seem to "Get in SYNC". That is to say, they fly "In Step" as one of my pigeon friends stated. It seemed their every wing beat was together in unison as they would gather up tight, climb, HOOK to the right, then HOOK to the left. Kind of hard to describe, but a pleasure to watch.
One Sunday morning I was watching the Stock work, heading south (I am in a racing homer "lane") and several small groups of homers came over very fast behind the Flight's. I noticed my Flight's straightened out. Then I saw a larger group of homers to the north coming in the same line as the previous smaller groups. My Flight's reversed direction, leveled out and headed straight into a group of Homers. I believe Richie called it "Cracking a Stock", there were racing homers all over the area. Two ended up on my loft.
Another situation, same stock, fall of "99" early morning. I had fed them on Milo and Millet the night before (Don’t know why), it was cool for Texas in Oct, about 50deg. After release I "Bagged" them a bit. Instead of the normal circles or Hooking, the Flight's as a group went up and started a large circle and began reducing the size of the circle as they lost altitude, then they went back up even higher. I would estimate 1000 to 1500 feet they climbed as a group with minimum of looping... then they "Bust", and went all directions, all over they sky, much like watching fireworks. That was the first and last time I have seen them do this. I also haven’t had a large stock going since. The Flight's earn their keep in a big way, a great breed. My thanks to the guys that got me started... Mr. Bailin and Mr. Campione.