What do old gliders plan to do when
they retire? Why, they intend to join the Vintage Sailplane Association
(VSA), of course. After all, as part of the VSA fleet they know that they
can continue to enjoy flying for years to come without all the pressure
of badges, records, and competition.
This is not to say that all VSA gliders refrain from competition. During
the 2001 US Sports Class Nationals, one VSA restoration award winning
glider waxed the tails of considerably higher performance gliders. A Schleicher
K-6E with its owner, Scott Gradwell (Jacksonville, Oregon), was placed
1st on three of the six contest day, and 7th overall (out of 23).
Schleicher K-6E that carried Scott Gradwell to an overall 7th place
in the 2001 US Sports Class Nationals. Photo: Dean Gradwell.
Fronius (front) and Vincenzo Pedrielli preparing to fly Doug's Laister-Kauffmann
LK-10A. Photo: Raul.
Then there is a certain Laister-Kauffmann LK-10A (a WW II training glider)
that seemed to enjoy giving its owner, Doug Fronius (Poway, California),
all three legs of his Gold Badge. The “LK” also just seems to
enjoy giving rides whenever Fronius manages to gets a break from his busy
work schedule. On one recent holiday weekend, this nearly 60 year-old
two-seater glider gave more than a dozen enthusiastic passengers the ride
of their lives.
Raul's photo of "Always", his Slingsby T-31B with Jeff Byard's Slingsby T-21 Sedburgh<