WSSA History

Three Ship Formation Flight – 2015

This flight was put together for a special visit by a special former club member.

Historical Extracts from Soaring Magazine

This scrapbook is a living document, open to everyone, members and visitors alike. If you’ve got photos or tales to tell about the WSSA, please send them to me so I can paste them in.
George Fish geo@netmdc.com


White Sands Soaring Association: Alive and Well at Fifty – 2009
In the October 2009 issue of Soaring Magazine, Art Davis wrote a history called “White Sands Soaring Association: Alive and Well at Fifty”. If you are a member of the Soaring Society of America, you can read it in their archives of the “Soaring” magazines. I present the text here for those who don’t have access to those archives.  [By Larry Bogan]



Facebook post on WSSA page 

Rumor has it this was during a Thanksgiving fly-in in the ’90s.

There is published article in newsletter by Southwest soaring museum, they have this picture also. Citation: “Starting in the 1980s the club began trailering gliders down to Alamogordo at Thanksgiving for wave flying in what came to be known as “Turkey Fest”. At one point in 1987 there were 17 sailplanes in formation over the mountain in the wave.” The picture caption: “Half the Formation in Wave During Turkey Fest 1987 ” .

E-mail Thread from Old Club Members – Discussing the Late 60s

This e-mail thread was started by former club member Bob Kusterer and included several current members along with his old flying partner, John Ball. It is long but enjoyable!  The following documents add to some of the stories.

Ernst Steinhoff – 1987

Rudy Opitz – 1993

PT-23 Adventure – 1976

“Floating On Air” Sun-News Article April 12, 2017

Assorted WSSA Soaring Videos

 – Attempted 4-Ship Formation – 2017

– Dave Believes! – 2016

– Cathy Flies an Auto Tow – 2016

– Clayton Goes for Two – 2016

– No Buttons on Caps – 2017

– Trever and Bruce Say “Hi” – 2017