George Lee (the first pilot to win three successive World Championship titles, all in the Open Class) is in the process of getting his autobiography published. In the meantime his website is http://HoldFastToDreams.com .
For those of us who started soaring in the 1970s, George Lee is a living legend. He is without a doubt one of the most talented glider pilots of the Twentieth Century. I am thrilled to learn that he is working on his autobiography. It should be on the 'must read' list of every soaring enthusiast.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, George joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1962, where he enjoyed a 22 year career flying Phantoms and other RAF aircraft. While in the RAF, he became fascinated by gliding and earned a glider license. In 1970, he entered his first gliding competition and won! Thus began an illustrious career in gliding, which would culminate in becoming World Open Class champion in three successive World Gliding Championships: 1976 (Finland), 1978 (France), and 1981 (Germany). In recognition of this extraordinary feat, George was awarded the Lilienthal Medal, the FAI's highest award for gliding.
After leaving the RAF at the age of 38, George moved his family to Hong Kong to begin a second career flying 747s for Cathay Pacific Airways. In 1999 he and his wife Maren decided to move to Australia, where they currently reside. Here's an excerpt from his website.
"Maren and I left Hong Kong in 1999 and we set about getting a new house, a hangar and an 'airfield' constructed in quick order. The first gliding course took place the next year and the courses ran for ten years, coaching pilots from Australia, UK, USA, Austria and South Africa. Our nearest town is Dalby, some twenty minutes drive away, and the locals have been tremendously welcoming from the beginning. The area we live in is called the Darling Downs and it offers good gliding conditions for much of the year."
George still owns a glider and still enjoys soaring, though not in competitions.
"Competition flying apart, I love gliding for its own sake. Powered flying can be both exciting and satisfying but gliding has a special appeal. There is the draw of being one with the forces of nature. There is the challenge of utilising sun generated thermals over a full day to fly distances of up to one thousand kilometres and even further. There is the peace of gliding and the special thrill of sharing thermals with large birds of prey. Given the hustle and bustle of modern living, to experience peace and to get in touch with our inner selves are attractive options."
I urge you to visit George's website, which contains a large gallery of photos, a brief autobiography, and his blog. The Soaring Café will announce George's book as soon as it becomes available.