Concordia First Flight Video – and More Photos!

Here’s a video of Concordia’s first test flight on May 25, 2012. We’ve also included several photos that didn’t make it into our May 25th post. We apologize for the quality of the in-flight photos, which were extracted from a video taken from the tow plane. As anyone who’s tried air-to-air photography knows all too well, it’s tricky to get good stable shots without a lot of prior planning and experience. We hope to fly with Dick this spring and summer and get some better shots of the Concordia from our sailplanes. As we’re sure you can imagine, Concordia is a strikingly beautiful sight in its element.

On Friday, May 25th, Dick was aloft in Concordia for about four hours in his third and final test flight. He had planned to fly on Saturday, May 26th as well, but we haven’t heard anything from DB today. He may still be soaring as I write!


Bill Elliott

Bill is a Soaring Cafe Co-Founder and the Publishing Editor. He is a two-time U.S. 18m national champion with extensive racing and cross-country soaring experience. He represented the U.S. in the 18 meter class at the 2010 and 2012 FAI World Gliding Championships Bill earned his airplane rating in 1981, but was looking for new challenges by 1989 when the lure of motorless flight induced him to join the Huntsville Soaring Club. After soloing in a Blanik L – 13, Bill began soaring cross country in the club 1-26, then bought a Duster followed by an HP-18 a few years later. It was with that HP-18 that he won the Region 5 South Sports Class Championship in 1995, his first championship. 


  4 comments for “Concordia First Flight Video – and More Photos!

  1. Ben
    May 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

    4 hours—damn…if only he could have hung on for another hour he would have had his Silver C duration!

  2. Tom Strickland
    May 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I’ve only been following the Concordia story for about a year but, even so, it’s thrilling to see it fly. What a gorgeous sight!

  3. Andy
    June 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

    i’m overjoyed :)

  4. Schwenk, Uli
    June 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hallo Dick,
    I’m deep impressed and so happy for you.
    The Concordia is like your peronality,
    absolutely great !
    Thank you for your great work in the name
    of the gliding world !


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