Sometimes it pays off to just go out and do the best you can. Sometimes it doesn't. Doug Levy and Garry Dickson found themselves on opposite
sides of this fence at the end of the 2013 soaring season.
Both pilots took off from Inyokern, CA on June 29th. Both gave it their all and both ended up with long, long straight out flights that turned
out to be the two best 1-26 straight-out flights of 2013. What a day! Garry's flight weighed in at 382.57 miles while Doug's covered 288.46
miles. If there weren't any longer flights before the end of the year, and there weren't, Garry looked like the winner of the coveted H.
Marshall Claybourn Memorial Trophy. But it was not to be.
Although Garry flew the plane as he should, correcting the pressure altitude setting as the flight progressed, and always keeping the altimeter
reading less the 18,000', his flight recorder had a different logic and logged points above 18,000'. The Claybourn requires that the altitude be
documented and despite detailed analysis of the possible FR errors, we could find none. So it was, with a tinge of regret, that the Claybourn
was claimed and won by a reluctant Doug Levy. Congratulations are in order. He flew a great flight.
Both Doug's and Garry's flights are available for viewing on the 1-26 Association 2012 Sweepstakes Results Page.
If you would like to see how two of the country's best do it out West, take a look. You will be amazed.
Click here to view the flight trace.
1-26 Association Record Keeper