Three View Concept Drawing by Butler in 2004

"Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must."  — Charles Kettering


The Soaring Café is delighted to have the privilege of presenting the Concordia Project from inception through design, building and flight testing.  Dick Butler, Gerhard Waibel, and Dr. Loek Boermans have created a truly international project to create the new SUPERSEGLER!

Contributions from Butler, Waibel, and Boermans will be posted over the next several months as a series of installments, as will posts from many other people who have participated in the project.

This page will organize these various posts and help the reader navigate the SoaringCafe site to find all the Concordia information. We will have detailed information about the Concordia Project as well as interviews with key individuals who have made significant contributions to the project. We will also feature comments from some of the many people who have stopped by Dick's shop to see the progress and encourage him to keep going.

We recommend the following references for more information about the Concordia Project:

"Concordia, A New Supersailplane: A Transatlantic Pact to Create the Ultimate Soaring Machine," Aerokurier, 2005, Wolf D. Herold.

"Omega Tau Podcast: Audio interview with Dick Butler about the Concordia"

Please add your comments and questions at the bottom of this page.  We will do our best to respond to you quickly.

Concordia Project Table of Contents

The Project

The Team

  • Dick Butler
  • Gerhard Waibel
  • Dr. Loek Boermans
  • Johannes Dillinger
  • Christian Striefeneder

  13 comments for “CONCORDIA – SUPERSEGLER

  1. April 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Somebody can tell me when will the test flight of this great glider


  2. May 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    M. Butler went do you expect to do the flight test this great glider?

    • February 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

      According to Dick’s current schedule, flight testing should begin and end in May, 2012.

  3. Joe Shepherd
    August 31, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hi Dick:
    I really appreciate you taking the time to post your progress on the Concordia. It makes for very interesting reading and makes me very proud of you and your teams work on this incredible project.
    Best Regards to you and Gerhard and the rest of the team.

  4. March 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    The 3 view on this page is good enough. Address to send it to?

  5. marco
    October 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Now that the season has come to an end would it be possible to summarise this years flywing experiences? I am very curious as to the handling and the relative perormance. Did it meet the design criteria? Will this ship be used as a prestudy for a future mass design? What are the jobs for this winter?

  6. Bernd Brunner
    November 4, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Design and build the Concordia is one of the most impressive stories in soaring history. It was a joy to follow :-) Will it be possible o provide the texts and pictures (in high resolution) on an DVD or as a download (not for free!)?

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