website is a description of the restoration of a Schweizer 1-26A
single place sailplane started in December 2009. The project was
completed in February 2014, the paperwork completed with the FAA in
April with the first flight on May 4th at Sky Sailing, Warner Springs,
CA. It took this amount of time since I was working a full time
job with only weekends to work on the glider. As I approached
retirement I started reducing my work hours to spend more time on the
project, eventually working half time giving me a week at a time for
the restoration. The website was built as I went along and now is
complete. I am now fully retired and looking forward to doing as
much flying as possible after meeting other family obligations.
The local group of 1-26 owners go on a number of soaring safaris over
the summer months and hopefully I will be able to participate in
2015. The sailplane flys very nicely with the various upgrades my
father built in back in 1963 are still in place (you will see these as
you work your way through the sections).
65A was originally built from a Schweizer Aircraft kit by the
Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California (San
Diego) and licensed in 1958. It was flown extensively by the club
members throughout southern California until it suffered
a total destruction crash at which time my father purchased the
wreckage on the trailer in November 1962 for $256 (that trailer is
still being used today). He and I rebuilt the glider over the
next year and he flew it again for the first time in December
1963. We flew it at many of the soaring sites in southern
California until I entered the Air Force before getting drafted.
He continued to fly it until selling it to Harry Baldwin in 1970,
keeping it in San Diego. Harry won four 1-26 Championships and
set a class straight out distance record of 432 mies with
it in 1981 that has not been broken to this day. After several attempts
over the years I was able to buy it back from
Harry in 2009 in order to bring it back to life since it was last flown
in 1999 when he started some repair work and recovering.