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WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 1939. ELMIRA STAR-GAZETTE Government Officials Look Over Soaring [[image - photograph]] [[caption]] THE GOVERNMENT gives gliding and soaring the official onceover. Grove Webster, left, chief of the private flying section of the Civil Aeronautics Authority, and Capt. W. S. Lee, right, official observer of the U. S. Army Air Corps, are shown with Arthur L. Lawrence, contest manager of the Soaring Society of America, after a tour of inspection at the soaring school being conducted at the Big Flats airport. [[/caption]] Pilots Kept Grounded By Weather for First Time During Contest Weather grounded soaring pilots Wednesday for the first time since the national contest opened. The overcast blanketing the sky caused complete cessation of activities and pilots took a well-earned rest. Aviation Cadet Robert M. Stanley tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the overcast early Wednesday afternoon following an airplane tow to the lower reaches of the cloud strata. The only pilot to attempt a flight, he was forced down in the Big Flats valley. Forecaster B. L. Wiggin of the U. S. Weather Bureau told pilots that cumulus clouds with plenty of lifting power could be found above the cloud strata if they could reach them. After Stanley's unsuccessful effort, no further attempts were contemplated. WEATHER Thursday will be more favorable, Mr. Wiggin predicted. He forecast showers Wednesday afternoon or evening with generally fair weather Thursday. Stanley is trailing Chester J. Decker by about 300 points in the race for the national soaring championship. Excluding Tuesday's performances, Decker had 2,172 points against 1,853 for Stanley. Credits from flights made Tuesday are expected to be in Stanley's favor, but he will still be 200 points or more behind Decker. In third place was Emil A. Lehecka the 1938 champion, with 1,449 points. Among the other leaders were Warren Merboth, 1,357; Robert L. Buell, 1,000; Udo Fischer, 996. While a majority of the pilots were idle Wednesday, the Long Island Air Hoppers were installing a short wave radio in their two-place ship to add a new chapter to cross country flying in a motorless craft. By use of the radio the pilot and his passenger will be able to keep in constant communication with an automobile which will trail them on distance flights. INSTALLATION of scientific instruments to collect data on atmospheric conditions is also planned. A thermometer to obtain temperatures has already been installed and from this data the relative humidity at various altitudes can be determined. It is planned to install an accelerometer so that the air curents can also be measured. Among the spectators at the field Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. Jack O' Meara of Los Angeles. Mr. O'Meara was the national soaring champion in 1932. He did not bring a ship with him this year. Richard C. duPont, president of the Soaring Society of America and thrice national champion, is expected before the meet ends Sunday. He has been detained at his home in Wilmington by personal affairs.
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