Minden glider pilot honored for record flight
Record-breaking Minden glider pilot Gordon Boettger traded in his flight suit for a tuxedo this week as he was recognized by the National Aeronautic Association in Washington D.C.
On Tuesday, he attended the organization’s luncheon, where his and a half-dozen of the most memorable records of 2011 were honored.
Boettger and co-pilot Hugh Bennett received the record for free three turnpoint distance for multi-place gliders by flying 1,321 miles in a Schempp-Hirth Duo Discus along the Sierra Wave. The 13-hour flight beat the previous record of 960 miles, set by the two men earlier in the year.
The association is the official record-keeper for U.S. aviation and space. Each year it tracks dozens of world and national record attempts. New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are ratified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the world air sports federation.
Boettger was joined by recordbreakers ranging from a 98-foot model glider flight of 1 minute and 52 seconds, to a 11,894-mile around the world flight by a Boeing 787 that stopped just once for fuel.
The other records honored on Tuesday included an 11.4-second human powered rotocraft flight, a piston-engine aircraft speed record of 416 mph and a record for the assembled mass of spaceships linked in flight set by the space shuttle Discovery during its last flight on Feb. 26.