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2006 Vintage Sailplane Independence Day Regatta

July 1-4 at Wurtsboro Airport

The first annual Independence Day Vintage Sailplane Regatta will be held July 1-4 at Wurtsboro Airport (N82) in Wurtsboro, New York. About 2 dozen pilots from around the country are expected with vintage and classic sailplanes dating from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. The regatta is one of several regional events sanctioned by the Vintage Sailplane Association.

Spectators accustomed to the appearance of modern sailplanes will delight in the variety of size, shape and color displayed in these earlier aircraft designs. Flight operations will take place throughout each day, permitting many opportunities to see these historical aircraft in flight and up close on the ground.

Concurrent with the event will be exhibits of art works by aviation watercolorist Peter McClean and by field artist Roger Baker. McClean’s paintings of vintage sailplanes will be displayed in the hangar gallery. Baker’s work, to include a field-sized portrait of Leonard Bernstein, will be cut into the airport’s grass runways.

Scenic biplane and sailplane rides, available at the Airport, offer spectators an ideal vantage point from which to view and photograph Roger Baker’s field art as well as vintage sailplanes in flight.

Wurtsboro is America’s oldest continuously operating soaring site, having been in operation since 1927. The airport is located on Route 209, 3 miles north of exit 113 on Route 17. Further information may be obtained at www.wurtsboroairport.com or by calling (845) 888-2791.

Posted: 1/24/2006 By: General News

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