Upcoming Events

Soaring With Quilts

April 24th - 26th, 2015

Piecemaker Quilters of Elmira present Soaring with Quilts

Community Soaring Luncheon

May 1st, 2015

Save the date. Information for this event will be posted as soon as its available.

Annual Soaring History Symposium

May 1st - 2nd, 2015

Speakers include John “Dr. Jack” Glendening, Jim and Simine Short, John “Corky” Gill. More Information for this event will be posted as soon as its available.

U.S. Soaring Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

May 2nd, 2015

Honoring John “Dr. Jack” Glendening

International Vintage Soaring Meet

July 9th - 16th, 2016

The National Soaring Museum announced that the sixth International Vintage Sailplane Meet will take place at the Museum on Harris Hill, Elmira NY, July 9 -16, 2016.

Jim Short, president of the Vintage Sailplane Association, will chair the event, which will be managed by the staff of the Museum and supported, as in the past, by the Harris Hill Soaring Corporation and the Vintage Sailplane Association.

 “It’s our great privilege every four years to welcome the owners and pilots of some of the most historically significant gliders in the world here to Elmira, the Soaring Capital of America,” said Peter Smith, the director of the Museum, in announcing the plans.

“The significance of this event cannot be overstated,” Smith continued.  “It is the best opportunity we have in the US to recognize the history of what is truly a worldwide sport.  Besides pilots and gliders from the United States, we anticipate participants from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain, Germany and Italy and we certainly hope to attract representatives from other countries, too.”

In recent years the event has drawn as many as 30 pilots and gliders from around the country and elsewhere in the world. They gather to fly their gliders, discuss their research into the history of gliding and soaring, examine the efforts each one makes to maintain and in many cases restore the gliders, and take part in social events.

Short, who was sales executive for Schweizer Aircraft Corporation for many years, chaired the highly successful “SOARING100” event in Kitty Hawk, NC in 2011.  This was a celebration of the centennial of the Wright Brothers’ first official soaring flight—in which a motorless aircraft remained aloft for nearly 10 minutes—in 1911.

For questions regarding an upcoming event, please contact the NSM at:

Harris Hill
51 Soaring Hill Drive
Elmira, NY 14903
(607) 734-3128

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