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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Updates and Wichita Vintage Rally!

Well I've had a few conversations lately that deserve an update here. We had a good time in Uvalde although stayed busy enough that I didn't get time to write much up. Seeing the Concordia up close and personal as well as all the other new racing gliders was quite a sight. I'm not sure how I'll deal with seeing the short span of YYY the next time its out of the trailer after spending the week with Open Class gliders.

Al Clark sent me the following picture of N4937C. He saw this glider in the hangar at Eagleville, TN when he first started flying gliders and eventually went on to own N4182 with John Chapman.

I also received an email from someone who is trying to sell a Cherokee II project. Their Dad has had it for several years, hanging in his garage, and come to the conclusion that they won't have time or energy to finish it. I'm still working on getting details but if you are interested let me know and I'll get you in touch. It is located in Wisconsin.

Finally I checked in with Greg Pelfrey and they are still working on restoring N3393, an RM in West Virginia. As often happens, some other projects have gotten in the way but hopefully this winter they can get the glider finished up and back in the air for the spring.

Finally, the Vintage Sailplane Association's annual rally here in Wichita is coming up at the end of September. Please contact me at if you are interested in attending. Bring your glider or if you don't have one just bring yourself. We'd like to see as many people there as possible! I'll definitely have YYY and the NG-1 there, and probably Kate the Std. Cirrus. As we did last year I think Leah and I will have a cookout at our house on the Thursday night before the rally for any early arrivals, then you can see how slow the progress has been on 4653T. Speaking of, Matt is nearly finished with his Std. Austria, the fabric is back on the wings and tail surfaces and painting will probably begin next week. It has now cooled off to the point where it is bearable to work outside so we should be back to work on 53T once that project is finished.

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