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Winston Smith

We are saddened to report our good friend and fellow soaring pilot, Winston Smith, passed away on April 9th at the age of 84. Winston was one of the founders of the original Toledo Gliding Club which later became the Adrian Soaring Club.

His was a life dedicated to aviation. While in high school he and his friends built a primary glider which they learned to fly on the Libbey High School football field while being auto-towed.

On a cold day in February of 1936 Winston participated in establishing a then-world’s altitude record of 2600 feet by auto-tow on the frozen Maumee River. During World War II he became an Air Force pilot instructor and later completed many missions transporting cargo and supplies over the Himalayan Mountains from India to China.

After the war, Winston taught aviation in the Toledo School System and was instrumental in establishing the Toledo High School Aviation Center at the Toledo Express Airport.

Winston was a natural as a teacher and in all he undertook. His other accomplishments include being a licensed aircraft mechanic, an inventor and a published author of poetry.

Posted: 8/1/1998

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