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Soaring (not WAR...ing) 1940's    7   Hattle Meyers Junkin

over the sand dunes of Cape Cod. Anne Lindbergh and her famous hubby took a straight glide in a Bowlus Sailplane in California. After our first glide, from South Mt. to the airport I was willing to call "Souse" mt. so-called by the German boys a mountain. Looking down seemed higher than looking up!

Chemung Valley provided a wide choice of excellent landing fields. Unexpected gusts of wind close to the ground, caused minor injuries to gliders and pilots. Tedious waste of [[strikethrough]] time [[/strikethrough]] needed thermals to make repairs. The worst damage done by a car backing onto the wing tip of the waiting gliders. Resting on a skid one wing tip always on the ground Gliders were dissembled with wings on ground while faselage is [[fuselage]] put on the trailer the winds alongside. My crew Elmira's home town Howard Burr, his visiting friend Warren Gammins High School Students, my son George C. Weaver age 12 could take my Franklin down in seven minutes and quickly get to the mt. top to catch the elusive thermals and set it up in nine minutes! What could we do without boys? Boys with vision. 

During this Meet the Headlines: "Wolfhirth alofts an hour, 
O'Meara lands glider on Goal...Guided to airport by bonfires" 

Great Achievements.

The Franklin glider was built for the six footer R.E. and brother Wally, with hammock sling seat. My 107 lb. 5ft. 4 inches needed folded blankets under and in back of me so I could manage controls. Lacking weight I had to hold the stick forward to keep the glider in prper [[proper]] attitude vs a stall. The Franklin men could fly hands off. 
Old friends arrived. Eddie Allen well known pilot, had flown a glider six yrs. prior to this Meet. Now flies Boeing Strstosphere [[Stratosphere]] plane among other accomplishments. 
















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