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Soarin(not WAR...ing) in 1940's    Page 15     Hattie Meyers Junkin

California and many more. The only Federal Soaring site is Big Meadows on top of the Blue Rige [[Ridge]] mountains in Virginia. You soar on "The trail of the lonesome pine," trying to minimize the sporting terrain.

Soaring is often done in flat country. The pilot learns NOT to ride thru all those little boosts we thought were part of making a good landing more difficult. He is taught to use them as a spiral stairway to higher altitudes with maybe a little cross country if he gets under the right cloud.

The farmer's daughter of today meets a didfferent [[different]] kind of "traveling salesman, a barnstorming aviatior selling Soaring. Often she is shoo-ed off her own farm land picking up the produce. Often glider pilot, like myself once, need that very cabbage patch to land in. I bought the cabbages but left them...as I did the alfalfa field near "Souse" mt. The precedent for this purchasing is established in

Guille vs. Swan 19 Johns Amer. Dec. Ct. N.Y. 822

Coming down from the mountains the air seemed to drop out. A farmer had just plowed next to his field of alfalfa which turned the cool earth up to the hot sunshine. I crabbed the glider over the upturned earth caught a boost got me over the hazard to all aircraft, i.e.: high tension wires and made the airport not the alfalfa.

Higher licenses needed than the three white gulls on blue background. There were silver "C" licenses rather than "D". A few more Meets and the Golden "C" licenses rather than "D". A few more Meets and the Golden "C" was awarded. Last year 1939 at the Tenth National Soaring Meet, the Golden "C" was awarded to American Soaring Pilots. The winners were; Robert Stanley, now test pilot and engineer with Vought Sikorsky; Chester Decker, Elmira native who never forgets to appreciate to his crews part in his achievements; Joh Robinson, who dominated the Wichita Falls, Texas meet last year. Three representative youths, all wool and a yard wide..slim not wide.
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