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2012 H. Marshall Claybourn Memorial Trophy

What with today's instant communications, it's tough to sit on the good news sometimes. But rules are rules and I had to wait until today to officially announce that Doug Levy has successfully claimed another Claybourn Trophy, his fifth. Doug completed 2012's longest 1-26 straight-line distance flight on July 16th. Flying from Inyokern, CA to Dayton Valley, NV, he traversed 263.19 miles of dramatic mountain country at altitudes as high as 17,595 ft. It was a tough year to get a long straight-out flight. There were only eight flights over 200 miles during the entire year. Runners-up were Garry Dickson at 241 and Jim Hard with 217 miles. As Doug puts it "Not a good year when someone doesn't fly over 500k to win the Claybourn." Maybe so, but still inspiring to those of us who have only dreamt of such long flights. My hats off to all of you, with special congratulations to Doug.

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Ron Schwartz,
1-26 Association Record Keeper