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Elmira in Chemung County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

National Soaring Museum

 
 
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By Brian Scott, September 21, 2015
1. National Soaring Museum Monument
Inscription.
The Chemung Valley's pioneering soaring sites (*) of the early 1930's faced most of the area's prevailing winds. Take-off locations were selected daily to face the predicted winds. Gliders were launched by bungee cord into the wind so pilots could soar in the upward deflected air along the ridges or glide over the valley to seek thermal updrafts.

These take-off sites and Caton Avenue Airport were the center of activities until Harris Hill became the "Soaring Capital" in 1934.

This landmark honors the Chemung County community and the pioneering soaring pilots who flew here.
  • Caton Avenue Airport
  • South Mountain
  • East Ridge
  • Rhodes Farm (by Harris Hill)
  • Close Farm
     
    Erected 2000 by National Soaring Museum.
     
    Location. 42° 7.226′ N, 76° 54.017′ W. Marker is in Elmira, New York, in Chemung County. Marker is on Soaring Hill Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira NY 14903, United States of America.
     
    Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War II Glider Training at Harris Hill (a few steps from this marker); Rhodes Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Runonvea
    National Soaring Museum Monument image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 21, 2015
    2. National Soaring Museum Monument
    (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Settler (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Gettysburg Address (approx. 3.8 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Shohola Railroad Accident Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Confederate Burials (approx. 3.8 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 3.8 miles away); Woodlawn National Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elmira.
     
    Categories. Air & Space
     
    National Soaring Museum Monument image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 21, 2015
    3. National Soaring Museum Monument
     
     
    Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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