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Soaring NOV.-DEC., 1941

Dana Darling writes in that the New England Soaring Council has just been formed, with two large farms in Belchertown lined up to operate from new spring.
He reports that Al Santinili was up recently wit the Lite and that he and Al made some flights up to about 12 minutes in a COLD NORTH WIND at the Turners' Falls Airport.
Editor's Note: They know about cold north winds up in New England.
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In our last issue we gave the Stone Aircraft Company's address as Box 57, Detroit. You can still get your "Gliding and Soaring Manual" from them for $1.35 = but please address them as follows:
Stone Aircraft Company
1316 Miles Avenue,
Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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Clayton, Missouri
Howard C. Blossom, President, writes as follows:
"I am now full time instructor of Industrial Arts at John Burroughs School, teaching wood and metal working plus mechanical drawing. Five days a week, plus two days of gliding uses up all my time.
"The news here is as follows: (1) Jack Laister is heading a new company here to build a two-place version of the LIT (Yankee Doodle) for the army. (2) We now have almost 500 flight with the Cinema including thermal flights up to 4,000 feet and over 1 hour. The ship is standing up 100% and has not taken any harm. We have sixteen members enrolled now, though some are out of town temporarily. About a fourth of the membership is on solo 360-s or better, and others would be if they came out more regularly. Weather has been hitting the last few week-ends pretty hard, but we should get a break soon. We had a swell write-up in the ST. Louis Post Dispatch Roto section, with a two-page spread of pictures, which has created a lot of new interest and several letters of inquiry - one of which I have to answer when I finish this. ..."
He adds that the new hangar there at Clayton is 60 x 100 ft. and is almost finished which will make it possible to keep the ships all assembled there at Starling Airport. They will probably follow the Chicago idea of hanging sailplanes from the ceiling with steel cable to save space and inexperienced handling.

Wishing all members a Merry Christmas. Jay Buxton and Parker Leonard, Deep River, Conn.

Here is an excerpt from the Bergen Evening Record of November 4th: "The Closter American Legion Post has announced that it will organize a glider club for youths of the Northern Valley, pointing out that many of Germany's best aviators received their first aerial instruction in the non-power planes and suggesting that similar training for American boys will help to provide fliers for our own air corps. The Legionaires anticipate that their club will be the first of many to be organized throughout the nation.

"Some persons may be inclined to deprecate the proposal. But the fact remains that the Nazis employed gliders to train their airmen, that hours of flying experience and intimate knowledge of meteorology can be obtained from gliding, that the national needs thousands more aviators for its armed forces, and that American boys should be attracted strongly to glider clubs under such sponsorship.

"The Legionnaires may be rendering not only a favor to participants but also a great public service by organizing the club."


We hear that the Motorless Flight Institute not long ago received four Marine officers for training. One of them, Lieutenant Colonel V. M. Guymon, had only a limited time to complete his course but was turned out in good style within a week. As a high-light of his graduation he took part in the first triple tow over Chicago and the Loop District. Rumor hath it that this aroused much interest in gliders throughout the windy city

Incidentally, the other three officers cam along exceptionally well. And we imagine a few more "C" licenses will have to be made out. 

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EDUCATION - Applicant shall be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. 

PHYSICAL CONDITION - Same as for Student Glider Pilot rating. 

AERONAUTICAL KNOWLEDGE - Same as for Private Glider Pilot rating 

AERONAUTICAL EXPERIENCE - Applicant shall have completed at least 250 gliding flights, 100 of which shall each have included a 360 degree turn ad at least five of the latter shall have been made within the 30 days preceding the date of filling the application. Applicant shall also have had at least 1 hour of instruction in recovery from stalls and spins in a Class 1 airplane by a certified instructor in the log book of the applicant. 

AERONAUTICAL SKILL - Applicant shall demonstrate his ability to pilot a glider by satisfactorily making at least the following: one straight flight with normal take-off and landing within the airport, one flight with a 180 degree turn and downwind landing in wind of not more than 10 miles per hour velocity, one flight with a 360 degree our to the right and a precision landing at a point not more that 100 feet beyond a designated line, one flight with a 360 degree turn to the left and a similar precision landing and two flights including both right and left turns in the same flight.

Membership Application

I hereby apply for membership in the Soaring Society of America, Inc. under the classification designated below. My Money Order/Check is attached.

Membership Card, Subscription to Soaring, free issuance of licenses, voting power, free entrance as a contestant to all sanctioned soaring contests. 

Membership Card, Subscription to Soaring, voting power. 

Name (please print) ...............................
Address ...........................................
Past of present soaring activities ................
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