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Memorial Day Vintage Sailplane Regatta


Jeff Byard

Each Memorial Day Weekend, Tehachapi's Mountain Valley Airport plays host to a Vintage Sailplane Regatta, where vintage and classic sailplanes from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s are displayed and flown.

For everyone there is an undeniable beauty in the form of vintage sailplanes. For restorers there is a satisfaction to working in the old methods of aircraft construction and restoration. For pilots there is a thrill to flying and feeling the historic gliders and sailplanes of the first half of the 20th century.

The 2017 Regatta will take place May 27 through May 29 at Mountain Valley Airport located at 16334 Harris Rd, in Tehachapi, California.

For information contact Jane Barrett by calling (661) 822-5267 or emailing

On May 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. there will be a "Spot Landing Contest" with a pilots meeting at 8 a.m. sharp. Rules per "Fall 2016 Bungee Cord" page 20. For info, email Doug Fronius at


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