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Chilhowee Vintage Rally – May 27

Today promised to be warmer and we hoped for some better soaring conditions.  Unfortunately the last two remaining visiting Vintage gliders, the Ka-8 and Ka-10, loaded up and left this morning. We were sorry to see them go but hoped that it meant good things for our potential.  Pete VonTresckow and I had earned a…

Flying a Vintage Glider in a Regional Contest

“This glider was unique. First of all, she was no contest sailplane. Most competition-oriented pilots could see that.” — Stan Hall (1956) Stan Hall dryly made this statement in his report about the first flight of the Cherokee II in the November/December 1956 edition of Soaring.While the glider was not designed as a competition ship,…

SOARING100 Introduces 10,000 to the History and Sport(s) of Soaring

At 9:45 AM on October 24, 2011 a ceremony convened at the Wright Brothers National Memorial honoring the centennial of Orville Wright’s 9 minute 45 second world-record soaring duration flight that fulfilled the early requirements of a “C” badge and heralded the beginning of modern soaring. A few hours later the four-day celebration called SOARING100 was also history. More than 10,000 spectators, participants and members of the interested public had met at the Outer Banks of North Carolina to celebrate history and introduce the various forms of soaring to the many visitors.

U.S. Vintage Glider Nationals

The Third U.S. Vintage Nationals officially began in Lawrenceville, Illinois on Monday, June 13th and continues through Sunday, June 19th.
The first weekend at Lawrenceville (prior to the meet) included two absolutely beautiful summer days; several pilots arrived with their gliders and experienced moderate soaring conditions above this inviting agrarian part of southern Illinois.