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WARNING: Rubbing elbows with 1-26er's may cause a life long affliction with "Soaring Dementia". Since there's no known cure, it's recommended that you join the 1-26 Association support group where you'll find others who share your affliction and are understanding of it's effects.

1-26 News You Can Use.
1-26 Association OLC Update
April 21, 2015 by Bob Spielman



The 1-26 Association only had 3 flights. The best were:
  1. DANIEL SAZHIN - 164.26sm (264.35km) flight on Feb. 28th
  2. JACOB FAIRBAIRN who flew 238.97sm (46.62km) out of Grant Co., WV


There were 5 1-26 OLC flights in March.

  1. DANIEL SAZHIN - who had a the first diamond distance flight of 2015 of 344.66sm (554.68km).
  2. PAUL LEAL flew 117.33sm (188.83km).
  3. RON SCHWARTZ who had an 80.28sm (129.2km) flight.

Nice going and standby for even greater flights. As of April 20th the 1-26 Association is in 6th place in the USA.

I can't believe how many well wishes I've had and I tried to answer them all but probably missed a few. I'm getting better every day and I flew my 1-26 last Sunday. Thanks for all the encouragement.

Bob Spielman,
SN555 & SN525

Letter From Bill Schweizer
March 26, 2016 by Wick Wilkinson

I was shocked to see a letter from Bill Schweizer in my mailbox. It is two pages and speaks to how happy he is to see the 1-26 design still flourishing, how that when he receives his 1-26 newsletter it makes him think of his brother Paul and a brief history on how the 1-26 came to be. An attached sticky note, says that this is "my tribute to brother Paul A".

A scanned copy of the letter has been uploaded and made available to Members in the Document Archive and public viewable Letter from Bill Schweizer Page (removing personal information) has been created.

Wick Wilkinson
President, 1-26 Association

Members Discount on Mountain High Equipment
March 16, 2015 by Wick Wilkinson

I've arranged for a Factory Direct, 10% discount on Mountain High systems. To receive the discount you must call Mountain High to place your order and identify yourself as a member of the 1-26 Association.


Wick Wilkinson

2015 1-26 Eagle Rendezvous.
March 14, 2015 by Bob Hurni

As always set your calendar for the weekend after Mother's Day. Soaring begins on Thursday, May 14th, and lasts through Sunday, the 17th. There is always plenty of room in Aguila for you and your glider. As always we promise great weather and blame someone else if it is not so good. Potentially, this is the time of year for some of the greatest soaring weather of the season for Southern and Central Arizona. Cool nights and warm to very warm days along with the dry weather means very long soaring days. 5-hour flights starting early afternoon are the norm. Most flights are terminated earlier to avoid the possibility of an empty beer cooler after tying down for the day.

ost attendees will be staying at the Best Western in downtown Wickenburg. Walking distance to several restaurants plus the best Museum of the West in Arizona. Check out the museum's diorama of the WWII glider training facility at Forepaugh, AZ. Or, if you land at Forepaugh, check out this hangar.


Bob Hurni, (190)

2014 Hangman Trophy
February 21, 2015 by Wayne Walker

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the winner of the Coveted Longest single flight in a 1-26 for 2014 based on the 1-26 Sweepstakes scoring system to:

Ron Schwartz for his flight of 412.99 miles on April 9th, 2014 is hereby awarded the Hangman Trophy for his persistence in accomplishing the flight. The award of a custom Glass etching will be made at the 1-26 Championships in Minden, NV.

It looks to be two out & returns starting about 5 mi north of Blairstown, the ridge at Fairview Lake, then Pillow and going to Mifflin City Airport, and then back to McConnellsburg, Fairview Lake and then finishing near the same start line, and Blairstown Apt..

It took just under 9 hours on a great day with both ridge lift & thermals that were not expected this time of year on the course.


Wayne Walker
Secretary / Treasurer

Association Goals

The Association is formed for the purpose of stimulating interest in, and promoting the sport of soaring in the Schweizer 1-26 sailplane; to establish standards for competition in the 1-26; to establish categories for record flights made in the 1-26; to disseminate information relating to the 1-26 and flights made in the 1-26, and to give recognition to its membership for accomplishments related to soaring in the 1-26.

The Association's goal is to foster the helpfulness, the camaraderie, and the opportunity for head-to-head competition that is found in One Design groups in sailing. It is an organization of people who share the common ideal that soaring should be fun, not frantic - people who include pilots, families, crews and others who are interested. Membership is open to everyone. Owning a 1-26 or being a pilot is not required.

The Association has evolved a whole range of challenges and rewards to fit the ambitions of pilots at all levels of experience and skill. It has, for example, special recognition for those who complete FAI badge legs in a 1-26 with a very special Roll Of Honor for those who complete all three Diamonds in a 1-26.

The Sweepstakes is an all-year X-C competition that lets you fly at the time and place of your choosing against pilots of comparable experience levels. It provides an opportunity to pit your skills against the best in your division - on your own home turf.

The Association maintains and publishes Regional (including Canada) 1-26 records which, are essentially the same as the SSA State Records. Categories and classes include speed triangles, distance tasks, absolute altitude and altitude gained for each class (Open, Senior, Feminine and Junior).

A multitude of local, regional and other trophies and awards are available to honor the best accomplishments of all our"achievers". The longest straight-line flight of the year is especially honored with the H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Award.

The 1-26 Championships is the high point of the year for many pilots. Open to any 1-26 pilot in the world, the winner is indeed the 1-26 World Champion. Since team flying is encouraged, the highest scoring team is designated Champion Team. Numerous local and regional competitions throughout the year give pilots and crews a chance to break into competition in a low-key environment before going for The Big One .

Soaring is exciting, it's relaxing, it's challenging, and it's fun - we know the 1-26 is the most fun. We'd like to have you join the 1-26 Association. Annual dues for individuals are $15.00 and family members at the same address are $5.00 each. For informationon joining the 1-26 Association, click on the information listed below, or contact the Secretary / Treasurer.


"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
Helen Keller

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