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[[three columns]] [[first column]] Air Mail Priority to NAA Members [[image]] The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Mail Service will feature the presentation of a completely rebuilt DH Mail Plane to the Smithsonian in Washington on May 15th and at the same time a specially designed 10c Air Mail Commemorative stamp will go on sale. A leading designer of First Day Covers has contributed a limited supply of the collectors items to the Golden Air Mail Anniversary Celebration Committee for use in financing the celebration. Before a general sale of the special First Day Covers begins, they are being offered to postal employees and to the aviation industry. NAA MEMBERS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE A PART OF THE AVIATION INDUSTRY by the celebration committee and as such will receive priority in the purchase of the historic covers. Send $1.00 with your name and address to ox 1968 Washington D.C. 20012 to obtain one of the special First Day Covers. USPA Site Changes The United States Parachute Association announced that it has awarded the 1968 National Parachuting Championships to Intermountain Aviation, Marana Air Park, Arizona. The site has previously been announced as being Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the host of the 1966 and 1867 nationals. This has been changed and Marana Air Park was selected from among various national bids. The winners from this meet will compose the 1966 U.S. Parachute Team which will represent this country in he IX World Parachuting Championship in Graz, Austria the following month. [[Second column]] 1970 SSA Meet Site A bid by the Soaring Society of America to hold the 1970 World Soaring Championships at Marfa, Texas, was accepted by the Gliding Committee of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale on March 1, 1968. Main factors in the choice of Marfa were a Committee preference for strong western soaring conditions to make worthwhile the added time and expense required to make the long trip to the U.S., plus substantial reductions in shipping costs and fuel costs guaranteed by the local Marfa sponsors. Marfa was the site of the eminently successful 1967 U.S. National Soaring Championships where 73 pilots soared a total of 112,977 miles on eight contest days. Sets Soaring Record [[image] Karl Striedieck of Post Matilda, Pa., poses with his record setting Schleicher Ka-8b. A new soaring record of 472 miles is being claimed by Karl Striedieck of Port Matilda, Pa. for a flight he made on Sunday, March 3rd. After numerous previous attempts at the out-and-return record, he was successful on this date, starting at Eaglesville, Pa. soaring 236 miles to a predesignated turn point at Mountain Grove, Va. and returning to Eaglesville. The sailplane used was a German built Schleicher Ka-8b. Elapsed time for the flight was 10 hours and 18 minutes. Documentation of the flight must be approved by the SSA, NAA and FAI before the present world single place record of 453.98 miles set by S. H. Georgeson of New Zealand in 1965 can be replaced in the official record book. [[third column]] PRPA Makes Report Professional Race Pilots Association President Bob Downey announced in the March Issue of the PRPA News-letter that their organization ow has 91 active members and 7 honorary members. Of the active members, 40 are in Formula One, 30 in the Sport Biplane Class, 23 in the Unlimited Class, and 2 in more than one class. The PRPA now has representatives from the 34 states, the District of Columbia and 2 foreign countries. The March Newsletter also featured a new look I the form of artwork contributed by Associate Member Bob Pauley whose drawings and photographs of racing action are nationally known. NPA To Modernize Bylaws At Fly-In Directors of the National Pilots Association expect to meet at the Grad Bahama Hotel, West End, Grad Bahama, in conjunction with the groups's traditional spring Holiday Fly-In weekend, to modernize the Association's Bylaws. Changes scheduled to be voted upon will enlarge the total umber of NPA directors to 18 while at the same time provide for election from within the Board of Directors (rather than by separate election, as is currently the rule). NPA members and guests attending the festive event will enjoy all the facilities of one of the Caribbean's most delightful resorts, plus special technical sessions ad a Grad Banquet keynoted by FLYING magazine Editor-Publisher Robert Parke. A June Fly-In is also scheduled at Basin Harbor, Vermont, featuring a special search and rescue program, including "mock crashed." Members of all NAA divisions and affiliates are cordially invited and should write directly to NNPA, 806 15th St., N.W., Washington D.C. 20005 for details on the reduced rates offered.
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