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Soaring an American Classic!

Soar an American Classic!
WARNING: Rubbing elbows with 1-26er's may cause a life long affliction with "Soaring Dementia". Since there's no known cure, it's recommended that you join the 1-26 Association support group where you'll find others who share your affliction and are understanding of it's effects.

1-26 News You Can Use.
2017 H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Trophy
January 3, 2018, Year by Ron Schwartz

Hey everyone, he has done it again. Congratulations to Doug Levy. He has captured the 2017 H. Marshall Claybourn Trophy. This is his ninth success in a string of wins that began in 2001.

The July 1st flight originated just over the mountains to the west of Inyokern Airport in California and ended 8:19 hours and 320.22 miles later at Ely, NV Airport.

The runner-up pilots this year were James Neff with 306.24 and 265.16 milers, also out of Inyokern and Garry Dickson whose 250.87 mile flight started in Lone Pine, CA.

Nice going Doug and congratulations to all who gave it a try.

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.

2018 1-26 Champiopnship
October 24, 2017 by Steve Statkus

Fellow 1-26íers,

Registration is open on the SSA web site. Please register as soon as you can as it will help us at CCSC start the process of laying in supplies. Also, drop me an email with your desired tee shirt size. Weíll be providing one free with your registration and others for sale on site.

We are working on our CCSC web site to load info on the contest so visit it from time to time. Itíll be a living document and the first litem we expect to load will be the daily schedule for the contest. This will include all briefings and catered dinners with associated costs. To navigate to the 1-26 page, go to, and when the web page opens go to the search box and type 1-26 contest. The 1-26 page will open with the info loaded to date.

Iíll try and notify the association via email as we build the 1-26 page in our web site.


Steve Statkus

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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