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Lilienthal Medal Goes to Jim Payne from the USA

March 2 - Today the International Gliding Commission meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland voted to award Jim Payne of Rosamond, California the Lilienthal Medal of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. The Lilienthal Medal is considered the highest award in soaring and is presented for notable achievements andor exceptional service to the sport. Payne won for his achievements in record flights as well as his pioneering wave flights resulting in some of the fastest speeds over distance in gliding history. Payne joins only a handful of Americans who have won the prestigious award. The Medal will be presented at the annual meeting of the FAI next Fall.

Posted: 3/2/2002 By: General News


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