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SGS 1-26E Sport Canopy Project
February 24, 2014 by Dan Rihn

Here's the progress on my E Sports Canopy:

As you can see from the pictures, I have made good progress on the forward canopy and windshield. I made the Aluminum side panels with an English Wheel. This was a lot of fun, I always wanted to learn how to use one.:

The next photo was just checking the curvature of the Aluminum side panels with the windshield. Since this photo I've completed the windshield installation (it's now inside) and have done the initial fit checks onto 695:

I bought a lot of parts from K&L. Aft E aft canopy bulkhead and forward Sports Canopy Bulkhead, plus all the other hardware clips and pins etc. for the aft canopy. Les found an aft canopy cover. He is only willing to loan it to me to make a copy from it so I can't keep it. He can't find any tooling or molds so that's why he doesn't want to sell it.:

All this is arriving today so I'm anxious to get working on the aft canopy. I'll start mating up the aft end of the forward canopy and trim the sides and cut down the old aft canopy bow to match the Aft Sports Canopy.:

I'm thinking of making a nice professional mold of the loaner Aft Canopy cover from it so I could make more for other people. Are you still interested in an E Sports Canopy?:

Take care,

Dan Rihn
1-26 E #695

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

January 2015 OLC
February 12, 2015 by Bob Spielman


THE 1-26 ASSOCIATION remains in 4th place in the whole USA. There were only three 1-26 flights by two pilots:

  1. DANIEL SAZHIN who flew 257.4sm (414.25km) out of Blaistown on Jan. 5th.
  2. RON SCHWARTZ who went 114.9sm (184.96km) on Jan. 31st.

Daniel had the only other flight of 145.5sm on Jan. 31st.

Keep flying and we'll stay on top the Online Contest.

Bob Spielman
SN555 & SN525

Turbine 1-26 is alive!
February 8, 2015 by Chad Sanders

Thought I would share with you the latest development in the project. Saturday we ran both turbines problem free and "taxiied" it a little. We are all pretty excited to have the fuselage nearly completed. Here's a link to the photos and videos:!grid/c1t5j


Chad Sanders

2014 H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Trophy
January 15, 2015 by Ron Schwartz

As Bob Root would say, the sun just set over the yard arm, so it's time for a cocktail. And today it also signals the end of the official time limit on submitting claims for the Claybourn Trophy. Not much happened most of the first half of the year as far as serious straight out distances were concerned. There were as couple of good flights, but they didnít fit the straight out requirement. But June usually heralds the beginning of the cross country season out west and this year was no exception. For those who were following the trophy battle, it was a cliff hanger.

Early in each of the typical four x-c months, June to September, two of the Associationís best would make a flight that caught our attention. On June 7th, Garry Dickson led off with a strong flight of 294.8 miles. A month later on July 5th Doug Levy mounted an impressive challenge that came within a mile of Garry at 294.0. So close, but no cigar. Another month passed then Doug captured the lead with a performance that broke the 300 barrier by soaring 309.7. As September rolled around Doug was still holding on, but that didnít discourage Garry from trying to knock him off the number one spot.


Ron Schwartz
1-26 Assn Record Keeper

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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