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Soaring Legend Wally Scott

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Detailed Description


The Life of Soaring Legend Wally Scott

FORWORD by Ben Greene ix

Part 1 - THE FIRST LEG: 1924 - 1946

Forever Plus Two Days 15
First Came Dixie 19
Hollywood Be Thy Name 21

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, February 4, 1985

22 Short 23
Foundations of Faith 27

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, February 20, 1995

Bud, Barnstormers and Ballyhooing 31
Second Nature 37

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, February 28, 1995

WA - Whiskey Alpha 41
The best Job in the Whole Wide World 45

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, March 14, 1995

Chug-a-lugging 49
The Scott Special 53

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, April 20, 1995

The Almost P-38 57
War and Bravado 61

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, June 25, 1995

Dum Dum 67
Chiang Kai-shek 69

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, August 5, 1995

India Hogyah 75

PART 2 - THE SECOND LEG: 1946 - 1974

We Meet for a Good Life 89

Boots Scott Interview Odessa, TX June 16, 2005

Sailplanes and Soaring 93

Wallace Scott, Personal Journal, October, 1961

Cross - Country 97
Breaking the Distance 101

Adapted from: Wallace Scott, "443.5 Miles by 1-26 N8606R" Soaring Magazine 1963

Rooftop Tradition 105
The Growing Expert 109

Wallace Scott, Excerpt from a 1963 speech in Hobbs, NM

Making Things Happen 113
MOJO 117
Soaring Game 121

Adapted from: Wallace Scott, "the Preparation and Execution of Long-Distance
    Flight", Soaring Magazine, June 1982

Master of the Barringer 125
The roughest Hours 127

Adapted from; Wallace Scott, "The Second 500" Soaring Magazine, November 1967

King Kong vs. the Big Bad BS-1 133
Showdown over Gila Bend 137

Adapted from: Douglas Lamnt's adaptation of Wallace Scott's account of his
    world record 605-mile goal distance flight, Soaring Magazine, January 1970

The World Comes to Marfa 151
Double Record 159

Adapted from: Wallace Scott and Ben Greene, 'The Big One' Soaring Magazine,
    February 1971

From Sea to Shining Sea 165

PART 3 - THE THIRD LEG: 1974-2004

Matters of the Heart 173
Hog the Days 175
Suspend in Air and Space 185
Attack on Aconcagua 189

Adapted from: Wallace Scott and Guido Haymann, Soaring Magazine, May/June 1986

Go Like Hell 197

How far can one fly without an engine? Wallace Scott pushed that limit during his 36 years of soaring, setting four world records, winning the Lewin A. Barringer trophy for the longest free flight 20 times, by winning two Smirnoff Derby's and with his legendary 1970 dual 716.95 mile world record flight with Ben Greene.

Using extensive parts of Wally Scott's personal journals and his many Soaring Magazine articles, WA (Whiskey Alpha) is the story of 'a John Wayne type of guy' who pushed himself with every flight. Wally Scott was part of the bank of pilots that made Odessa, TX into a famous soaring site and will always be remembered as the pioneer of soaring free distance - and as Boots' husband.

Foreword by Ben Greene

When I stopped by Al Parker's soaring school at Odessa, Texas in the summer of 1962 to sample West Texas soaring, I did not imagine that it would be the beginning of a series of summers that would become the most enjoyable part of my soaring career. The hospitality of Wallace and Boots Scott, Re Wright and Al Parker, Combined with the West Texas soaring weather, soon made it apparent that this would not be a one-time visit.

The following summer found me back in Odessa with a Schleicher Ka-6 sailplane that proved to be a good performance match with my new friend Wally Scott's Schweizer 1-26. we began a series of friendly competitions,and, on days when we did not fly cross country, we flew locally, having last man down or shortest landing distance contests. I was impressed when I learned that Wally carried a recording barograph, on even our local flights, and that he analyzed the trace to determine how he could have improved his performance that day. Here was a man who was serious about improving his flying skills and, hence, his flight.

As our soaring skills improved, our friendship grew and, as the summers passed, I became the east-coast member of the Scott family, with visits in the evenings to Wally at the Scott Theater often preceded by a delightful meal prepared by Wally's wife Boots. Sailplane performance was improving dramatically with the advent of fiberglass construction, and Wally and I moved up periodically as newer models became available. The summer of 1970 arrived with both of us flying Schleicher ASW-12s, a German design with excellent performance for its time. Our world record flight that summer to Columbus, Nebraska was probably the highlight of my soaring career, But Wally, who tells the story of our flight in this book, went on to accomplish many outstanding distance flights in the years that followed. I remember him as a great friend, a fine soaring companion, and a superb pilot who confronted the challenges of flying sailplanes long distances and conquered them with skill an grace.


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