I recently picked up a remastered copy of "Dawn Flight." This classis tale features a pair of Schweizer SGS 1-26 sailplanes and some fantastic aerial film sequences wrapped up in a story that would have made Richard Bach proud. In fact, it brought back memories of 2COOL Gliders, a two-ship air show act the Randy Brooks and I flew at five different air shows in 1992-93. While the glide performance was okay--not stellar--the little sailplanes were stressed for aerobatics.
This pretty little airplane just "looks right." It is probably the most numerous type of glide in the US, and they used to have soaring contest that were limited to 1-26s only.
The July LOOTM
"All-American Schweizer SGS 1-26"
Happy Birthday America!