For twenty years (1979 to 1999) I was a very active glider pilot.
I got my pilot's license (with a glider rating) shortly after soloing
at the Ithaca Soaring Club in the summer of 1979. Four years later,
I got my instructors rating. From 1990 to 1999 I was chief flight instructor
at the Central Jersey Soaring Club.
Pictured above is my sailplane, Three Yankee (3Y).
It is an LS-4a made by Rolladen-Schneider, a small company near Frankfurt
I actually owned only half of 3Y. The other half was owned by
my partner, Keith Ashfield.
The picture was taken when 3Y lived with her previous owner in Tehachapi, CA,
which is just a final glide away from Edwards Airforce Base.
Here are some more pictures I took at Tehachapi.
Here are some more pictures of me in 3-Y taken at Solberg Airport in NJ.
Me on final approach (in one of the club's gliders).
BTW, Solberg Airport hosts the annual NJ Festival of Ballooning: