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