INTRODUCTION: Britain's Royal Air Force pilot George Lee has won the open gliding championship for the third time in succession.
GV Gliders on ground before start of championships.
CU PULL OUT OF Klaus Holighaus preparing craft.
SCU Bruno Gantenbrink preparing.
SEMI CU George Lee getting into cockpit.
GV Glider taking off.
GV INTERIOR Cockpit of glider in air.
AERIAL VIEW Gliders manoeuvring. (6 SHOTS)
GV Glider landing.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Britain's Royal Air Force pilot George Lee has won the open gliding championship for the third time in succession. In the event at Paderborn in West Germany, Lee was flying a Nimbus 3 glider, known as Super Orchids, which were designed in West Germany and are made with the revolutionary carbon fibre.
SYNOPSIS: Eighty-one pilots from 24 nations competed in the gliding events but one of their main opponents was the ever changing weather. West German Klaus Holighaus flew, like his two strongest rivals, in a Nimbus 3 -- the glider, he designed.
West Germany's Bruno Gantenbrink and Britain's George Lee were the other competitors in the open event. The course was triangular and, depending on the weather, the distance flown was between 200 kilometres (124 miles) and 400 kilometres (248 miles). The pilots sometimes landed outside the official mark because of the lack of thermal activity.
The turning point in the course had to be photographed by a camera mounted in the cockpit. George Lee's ambition was to score a hat trick at Paderborn by winning the world title for the third time in a row. One of the most important techniques in gliding is guessing where the thermals areas of rising hot air - are. The pilot circles in them trying to get as high as possible to make the long distance flight.
On the last day, George Lee descend from the skies to beat Klaus Holighaus and win the open class title. Once again he's proved his superior skills in the world of gliding.