Welcome to the Vintage Glider Club!

 

The Vintage Glider Club exists to restore old gliders and to have fun whilst flying them.

We are a truly international organisation with members from right across the world. The club was formed as a result of the very first International Vintage Glider Rally at Husbands Bosworth, UK in 1973 to encourage the continued preservation and flying of gliders from the past.

Membership is open to anybody who has an interest in the preservation, researching and flying vintage, old timer and classic gliders and associated artefacts.

A series of Rallies are organised each year in various countries where members are able to get together to share their passion for the preservation and flying of vintage gliders.

Members receive the club magazine VGC News which is lavishly illustrated and packed with the latest news, rally reports and articles three times a year.

 

Magazine

VGC News is the official magazine of the Vintage Glider Club. The magazine which is published 3 times a year is included in the price of annual membership. Each full colour issue is packed with information and exciting photos of interest to pilots, owners and modellers alike. For anyone interested in Vintage Gliders the magazine is an absolute must.

The VGC News has been published by the Vintage Glider Club since the Club was formed in 1973.
Back issues from 1973 to 2003 form a part of the Lakes Gliding Club Archive and can be viewed here.

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49th VGC International Rally 2022

1st August 2022 - 12th August 2022

This the first International rally at Aeroklub Celje, Medlog 20, Si-3000 Celje, Slovenia VGC Rally, Sunday  31.7.22 arriving, monday 1.8. opening day, Friday 12.8. closing day, Saturday 13.8. depature. You can find a nice promotional video of Celje with the web link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnZv9ZW4rOo website : www.aeroklub-celje.si The flying seazon at Celje is open.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma3rZAu8V6o  

Sutton Bank Rally

26th August 2022 - 2nd September 2022

  Slingsby Week commemorates and celebrates the contribution of Fred Slingsby, a renowned local furniture maker and glider builder, to the world of gliding. Open to all, but especially welcome are all Slingsby built machines. Email contact - enquiry@ygc.co.uk Tel +44(0)1845 597237 The rally is organized by Jerry Henderson-Newton

2022 Vintage & Classic Sailplane Regatta Tehachapi

2nd September 2022 - 5th September 2022

Experimental Soaring Association Western Workshop/Vintage Sailplane Regatta (Labor Day Weekend) Mountain Valley Airport (L94), Tehachapi, CA. Tows, flying operations and camping facility provided by Skylark North (661) 822-5267. Information: Jeff Byard (661) 609-4848 or <jgbyard@gmail.com>.    

Swiss Vintage Glider Rally 2022

2nd September 2022 - 4th September 2022

Swiss Vintage Glider Rally 2022 it is from 2. Sept to 4. Sept 2022, at Amlikon Airfield. It ist 100 Year gliding in Switzerland. Kontact: events-osv@osv-ch.org Best regards Kurt Stapfer

2022 Great Plains Vintage/Classic Regatta

15th September 2022 - 18th September 2022

September 17-20 • Great Plains Vintage / Classic Regatta, Wichita Gliderport, KS Wichita Gliderport, two miles east of Jabara Airport in Wichita. Hotels and restaurants nearby. Saturday features vintage topics colloquium. Potential extra days to fly on request. Information: Neal Pfeiffer <nealpfeiffer@sbcglobal.net> .

19th VGC season’s Closing event

17th September 2022 - 18th September 2022

Ort / Location EDTM - Flugplatz Mengen / Mengen airfield Unterkunft / Accommodation (Hotel Donaublick) Hotel (Buchung über Organisation / reservation through organisation) EZ / Single room: € 79,00 DZ / Double room: € 59,50 pro Person / per Person Preise / Prices incl. Frühstück / Breakfast Wohnmobil / Zelt auf dem Flugplatz (Ohne Dusche / Without Shower) Camper / Tent on Airfild bei der LSG Halle / close to the LSG Hangar Wohnwagen / -Mobil inkl. 2 Personen /…

21th Dutch Vintage Glider Autumn Rally

19th September 2022 - 23rd September 2022

Dutch Vintage Glider Rally is held at Asperden. The organisation is done by the VHZ.

Itford celebration Rally

19th September 2022 - 23rd September 2022

This gliding event is organized as a result of the Itford flying event that was organized 100 years ago This event is organized at Ringmer allowing the VGC with 10 gliders more info will follow

Annual dinner 2022

8th October 2022

Annual dinner 2022 Members of the VGC can register for the annual dinner with an email to firmin  :henrard.firmin@gmail.com The Belgian veteran glider club is pleased to invite many of you to the next VGC annual dinner at Saint Hubert ;aerodrome (EBSH) in the Belgian Ardennes. The setting is surrounded by beautifull nature. An excursion to the region will probably be planned we already have ideas. The manger of the hotel restaurant promises us the best welcome and stay in his…

2022 Vintage & Classic Rally Oktoberfest at Marfa

16th October 2022 - 30th October 2022

Fly autumn Texas thermals at Marfa, TX. Dual available in Burt’s “cabriolet” ASK-13. FAA check rides by prior arrangement. Bring your own crew. RSVP required. Information: (800) 667-9464 or <marfagliders@aol.com>.

2022 Oktoberfest at Chilhowee Gliderport

22nd October 2022 - 24th October 2022

Although not an official vintage glider event, the Oktoberfest at Chilhowee Gliderport is an autumn sport soaring delight for all, at which vintage and classic sailplanes and pilots are invited to participate. Grass runway, scenic ridge, smooth fall thermals. Contact Sarah and Jason Arnold at (423) 338-2000 or <www.chilhowee.com>.

VGC Rendezvous 2023

20th July 2023 - 27th July 2023

The Bristol & Gloucestershire Gliding Club

50th VGC International Rally 2023.

29th July 2023 - 6th August 2023

  Cotswold Gliding Club, at Aston Down Airfield

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40th Anniversary VGC Commerorative Book

The Vintage Glider Club 40th Anniversary book is available direct from our distributors. It is competitively priced at €54,50 plus Post and Packaging.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Vintage Glider Club it was decided to produce a book. The book is an anthology of stories from around the world and includes details of over 300 hundred gliders which have been rescued, rebuilt or restored to active flying status. It deserves a place on every glider enthusiast’s bookshelf.

Richly illustrated with over 800 evocative colour photographs, it will appeal to all glider pilots, aeromodellers, historians and anyone who has a passion or interest in old timer gliders of yesteryear.

Additionally it contains many articles and tables which document the development of the Vintage Glider Club. It is a wonderful testament to the enthusiasm of it’s founder, Chris Wills, and those many members worldwide.past and present, who have painstakingly striven to preserve our gliding heritage for the future.

The Vinatage Glider Club
A celebration of 40 years preserving
and flying historic gliders 1973 – 2013

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Annual Dinner will be postponed until next year. Please watch information on VGC website and in upcoming VGC News. Das Annual Dinner wird ins naechste Jahr verschoben. Weitere Informationen auf der VGC Website und in den naechsten VGC News.