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2015 Hangman Award
January 11 2015 by Wayne Walker

2015 Hangman Award

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the winner of the Coveted Longest single flight in a 1-26 for 2015 based on the 1-26 Sweepstakes scoring system to:

Daniel Sazhin for his flight of 508.52 miles on May 13, 2015 is hereby awarded the Hangman Trophy f or his persistence in accomplishing the flight. The award of a custom Glass etching will be made at the 1-26 Championships in Moriaty. NM.

The flight started and ended near Blairstown, NJ and went to just East of Hancock, MD (138 mi WNW of Baltimore, MD) then to S. Millbrook in the NW. and then he did it all over again to land less than 10 minutes before sunset!

It took just under 11 hours on a great day with both ridge lift & thermals that were not expected this time of year on the course.

Many, many Congratulations to Daniel for his outstanding achievement!

Wayne Walker
Secretary / Treasurer

William Schweizer, December 7, 1917 to January 8, 2016
January 9, 2016

Bill Schweizer passed away peacefully at his home on January 8, 2016 at the age of 98, surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 57 years, Margaret "Peg" Hardy Schweizer preceded him in death in May 2001.

Bill's flying career started when he taught himself to fly in 1930 in the first Schweizer glider. He was a lifelong pilot of sailplanes and single-engine airplanes.

Bill received many acknowledgements for his business and service achievements including:

  • The Boy Scout's Distinguished Citizen Award (1984)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
  • Induction into the National Soaring Hall of Fame (1984)
  • Induction into the Peekskill High School Hall of Honors (1998)
  • The Exceptional Achievement Award from the Soaring Society of America (1998)

In 2010, Harris Hill Soaring and the National Soaring Museum held the "Bill Schweizer Day" to honor his contributions.

Bill's business career always focused on aviation, his true passion. He worked with his brothers at Schweizer Aircraft during the war years as its production manager. In 1946 and 1947, he was the assistant manager of Commonwealth Aircraft Corp. on Long Island. In 1951 he returned to Schweizer Aircraft where he became an equal partner with his brothers, Ernie and Paul. During his years at Schweizer Aircraft the company evolved into one of the foremost manufacturers in the world of sailplanes and agricultural spray aircraft. Schweizer produced over 2100 sailplanes and 2600 Ag-Cat agricultural aircraft. Bill's primary focus was production management. He also was responsible for the company's subcontract business, through which Schweizer produced components for nearly every major aerospace company.

See Bill's Obituary for more information. We'll all miss this true American Soaring Icon.

Happy New Year
January 1, 2016 by Wick Wilkinson

Happy New Year to everyone!

Just a few updates to start off 2016.

First, many thanks to Eric Winston for offering to bring his polished out E model to display at the SSA convention in Greenville. Please attend the convention if you can. Sign up is on the SSA website, or use the form from the Soaring magazine. The 1-26 luncheon is at the convention site on Friday, February 19th. Our display booth is #59. Eric's #605 will be on display right in front of the booth in spot SP 25.

Kristen Farry has volunteered to act as our Recruiter, replacing our dearly missed past President and Recruiter Lew Neyland's. She has an aggressive plan to monitor the new registrations of 1-26's changing hands in the FAA registration database. Each new owner, if not already a member, will receive a personal invite to join the Association from Kristen via mail. Several other means to reach out to owners and pilots of 1-26's are in the works, as well. There are 1-26 pilots who fly club ships that we should be talking to about inclusion in the Association. If you personally know someone that fits that category, or, flys your 1-26, let's get them involved in the 1-26 Association. Please help Kristen in any way you can to promote membership.

For many, many years, Jeff Daye has taken on the job of managing our merchandising. In a recent conversation with him, he expressed a desire to relinquish his role as Merchandise Manager for the Association. The board is actively seeking a volunteer to take on this position. To get the details on the duties and responsibilities of the position and how it works, please contact me directly. Call, or, text 901-491-6178.

Another open position is that of Communication Director. That job was created for Philip Chidekel to be our liaison to the rest of the soaring/flying community via social media and articles for other aviation publications. Some of you might remember his great article he wrote for Soaring magazine two years ago. Unfortunately, his responsibilities at school led him to discontinue his participation. If you would like to volunteer for the position, or, would like to know more about what is involved, please contact me at the phone number above.

That's it for now,

Wick Wilkinson
President, 1-26 Association

2015 H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Trophy
January 1, 2016 by Ron Schwartz

I'm very pleased to announce that Doug Levy has captured the 2015 H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial award. Last June 13th Doug departed Inyokern Airport and took a long arching flight of over 380 miles to the northeast. Just short of nine hours later he landed at the Ely, Nevada airport, setting the 2015 straight-line distance record at 305.38 miles. This is Doug's seventh Claybourn win and he's got to be thinking about someday matching Charles Shaw's monumental eleven victories.

The runners up this year were Ron Schwartz at 271 miles and Garry Dickson with 220 miles.

Congratulations Doug.

Ron Schwartz,
1-26 Association Record Keeper

Click here to download the IGC flight data or click the image below to view the flight using Google Earth.

2016 1-26 Association Executive Board Election Results
December 13, 2015 by Wayne Walker

Iíve received 3 mail-in ballots, and added to the 15 on-line poll it was a shoo in for the slate of 2016 Officers.

President18Wick Wilkinson
Sec/Treas18Wayne Walker
Eastern VP4Dan Ernst
Central VP8Ridge Moreland
Western VP6Gary Swift

Congratulations to all and see you at the Championships in Moriarty next year.

Wayne Walker
Sec/Treas 1-26 Assn

Daniel Sazhin completes all three Diamonds in a 1-26
October 11, 2015

Gorham report October 11

Rick Roelke writes:

"Hard to find the right words for today, as all the superlatives seem to fall short. It turned out to be one of the best, if not the best day of all the encampments I have been involved in. Our first launch was a 1-26 with Daniel Sazhin at the "wheel". Daniel had already completed his diamond distance and diamond goal in his 1-26, and today completed his diamond climb, and was just short of a single Lennie."


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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