Enjoy the beautiful photos.
The 32nd World Gliding Championship has come and gone. For thirteen days, the best soaring pilots in the world enjoyed all-out racing in the unique and fabulous soaring conditions of West Texas. Uvalde offered up its best weather to the best pilots, but on Sunday, August 19th, the sky just couldn’t hold back anymore, and the rains finally came.
After this morning’s pilots’ meeting, the US Team pilots met, as usual, in their team office. When Dick Butler entered the room, he received a round of applause for his win on day 12. In the video, he acknowledges the sacrifices his teammate Ron Tabery has made throughout the contest to help him go faster. Also at the meeting, US 18 meter pilot Bill Elliott presented a beautiful sculpture to Team Captain Dennis Linnekin in appreciation for his service and dedication to the team.
The U.S. Team was elated on 17 August when Dick Butler posted the fastest speed in the open class and won the day—for the second time in this contest. He was obviously delighted with his flight, as was his teammate, Ron Tabery (SS), who ended up a mere two points behind Dick and in second place for the day.
Thanks to Gary Carter for sharing this video of a Gulfstream taking off this morning from the runway used for launching the 15 and 18 meter classes.
This video is a collection of clips from the 14 and 15 August pilots’ meetings.
We thank Markus Gayda for these photos that he took at the 1991 World Gliding Championships in Uvalde. We also thank Frederic Morel for pointing us to a nine-minute video of the 1991 event. We’ve posted the video in the photo/video gallery section in the upper left corner of the Café home page, but you can also click here to view it.