OT: Sailplane acrobatics


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Trad climber
East Coast US
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 4, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
I took a sailplane ride a decade ago. I was really happy when it ended because it felt like the thing was going to drop out of the sky like an anvil if we lost lift at anytime. I ran across this video by accident; I wasn't looking for porn... really. I can't believe this kid can do these things with such an aircraft. Wow.


Jan 4, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Seriously good pilot in a purpose-built,full-on acro glider, the Swift. I think it is built for +/-9 "g".

I have flown the Fox, a 2-seat version of this ship and it is amazingly responsive.

Glider acro is far more fun, interesting, and smoother than power. Highly recommended!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
All those neg G maneuvers .. sick..only a youngster would WANT to do that stuff.

great post!

Jan 5, 2013 - 10:22am PT
Ha, at least he doesn't seem like some pompous rich kid with a huge head. :P
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 5, 2013 - 11:31am PT
He's just doing a series of basic maneuvers, nothing special.

One maneuver in the beginning looks like he departed from controlled flight, not a big deal in the right air frame.

One of the planes that I flew required 10,000 feet to recover if you departed from controlled flight. Obviously, in his glider it was no big deal to recover. It's all air frame-dependent.

I've been past Mach 1.0 and have pulled 7.5 Gs. Can't imagine staying awake for 9 Gs.
The Alpine

Jan 5, 2013 - 11:35am PT
I'd love to try that!

This is a good one too:


Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
Stemme s10vt

Check out the low altitude speed run at Torrey Pines @ 2:40 ;-)

You can see climbers on Mont Blanc


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
He's obviously pretty good but he's the big fish in a pretty small pond.
World champion glider pilots in the normal catagories are more impressive IMHO.
Flying the length of the Sierras or the South Island of New Zealand are
really damn impressive.
The Alpine

Jan 5, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Wow. The Stemme s10vt.....

I want one

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 5, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
Got 350K burnin a hole in yur pocket?

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
Yep $350K large. Damn, I still want one....
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