At Waikerie, in South Australia, 63 glider pilots have been competing in the Australian championships...regarded?
AERIAL of field and gliders lined up
SV Ground observers (2 shots)
GROUND TO AIR Glider coming in
GV Glider soars over camera
SCU Onlooker with binoculars
GROUND TO AIR Aircraft towing glider
Initials BB/1305 RW/TB/BB/1335
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Background: At Waikerie, in South Australia, 63 glider pilots have been competing in the Australian championships...regarded as a trial for the world titles to be held there next year.
The flat terrain and hot weather offer different flying conditions from those in Europe. And to become familiar with these conditions, a British team took part in the Australian titles as guest competitors...ineligible for trophies.
More than 80 gliders from many nations will compete in the world championships at Waikerie next year.
SYNOPSIS: At Waikerie in South Australia, gliders line up on the airstrip for their turn in the national championships. Sixty-three pilots competed in the titles, regarded as a trial for the world championships to be held at Waikerie next year.
It will be the first time Australia has staged a world gliding championship.
The flat terrain and hot weather offer different flying conditions to those in Europe, so a British team took part in the Australian championships for practice. The British weren't eligible for trophies.
The championships produced some fine competitive soaring in perfect weather and local pilots are confident they can provide good competition for the overseas competitors next January.
Then, more than eighty gliders from many nations are expected to compete in the standard and open classes of the world cup.