Six of the best glider pilots in the United States are preparing for the world's longest glider race which will take place in May this year.
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Background: Six of the best glider pilots in the United States are preparing for the world's longest glider race which will take place in May this year.
The race takes place over the 2,900 mile (about 4,600 kilometres) between Los Angeles and Washington, D. C.
The route will be divided up, with major stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Akorn.
Each day, form the race start on 4 May, the gliders will be towed up to a height of 2,000 feet (about 650 metres) by a powers aircraft before being released. They will then fly at altitudes of as much as 14,000 feet (about 4,600 metres) and speeds of up to 120 miles per hour (about 190 kilometres per hour).
The overall winner will be judged on points, awarded during the race, for speed and distance covered daily.
The pilots are Ross Briegleb -- U.S. standard class soaring champion -- Wallace Scott, Rudy Alleman, William Cleary, Dan Pierson and Paul Bikle -- world altitude record holder.
The winner of the 1975 race was American George Moffat.
SYNOPSIS: Pilots in the United States have been preparing for the world's longest glider race which starts on the fourth of May. It will take place between Los Angeles in California and Washington, D.C. -- a distance of 2,900 miles. The race is divided into several stages across the country -- with major stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Akron.
The gliders will be towed up to an altitude of 2,000 feet, at the start of each race day, by a powered aircraft.
After being released they will cruise at as much as 14,000 feet, rising on currents of warm air. As They cross they country they will reach speeds of around 120 miles per hour.
This will be the fifth of the annual races. The overall winner will be judged on points received for each of the stages. These will be awarded for speed and distance covered daily.
A strong contender for this year's race is the American, Ross Briegleb -- United States champion for standard class gliding. A fellow American -- George Moffat -- was last year's winner.