Elmira, NY is regarded as the “Soaring Capital of America.” Who knew? The prominence of soaring in Elmira was established with thirteen national soaring contests, held here from 1930 to 1946. Wow, that must have been a sight!
The facilities included the glider port, hangars, cabins for housing contest pilots and crews, even a youth camp. The field at which the national contests were held is still active with the runway directly in front of the museum. Sadly, due to weather conditions flights have ceased for the season.
This are is central to the science, history, and sport of soaring. The Schweizer Aircraft Corporation produced over half of all American sailplanes built in the 20th century. At the outbreak of World War II, Elmira was the first site chosen to develop a glider program and train pilots for the war effort. During the 1930s, 40s, and 50s the SSA at times maintained its headquarters here.
Let your heart soar as high as it will and your imagination play among the clouds.