The Lewin B. Barringer Memorial Trophy


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Awarded to the pilot making the longest straight-line distance soaring flight during the previous calendar year, other than at a U.S. National Championship Contest.

The trophy is a modernistic design in the form of a 25-inch aluminum, gull-type sailplane wing mounted atop an 18-inch tapered wood column on a metal base, upon which the winners' names are inscribed.   It was originally presented to SSA as a provision in the will of Lewin B. Barringer.   It specified the original requirements for winning it, namely, for the longest soaring flight from a launching other than airplane tow, with it becoming the permanent property of any person winning it three consecutive years.   This occurred when Paul Bikle won it in 1952, 1953, and 1954.   Paul graciously presented the trophy back to SSA as a perpetual trophy in the same category.   Subsequently, in 1957, the SSA Directors, with Paul's assent, changed the provision from launching other than airplane tow to "any type of launching other than at the Nationals."

Lewin B. Barringer was a former General Manager of SSA and holder of a World Soaring Distance Record made from an auto-towed launch.   He was lost on January 24, 1943, during World War II, on a flight from the U.S. to North Africa.   He served as a Major in the Army Air Force in connection with glider activities.

An applicant for the Lewin B. Barringer Memorial Trophy shall be a Member of SSA and a citizen of the United States.   To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must submit to the chairman of the SSA Awards Committee on or before January 1st, a duly authorized record of the qualifying flight made during the previous calendar year.   Authentication in this case shall conform to the FAI Sporting Code for Badge distance flights.

Recipients have been:
2013 - Gordon Boettger and Hugh Bennett, 701.46 mi, Minden
2012 - Kevin Wayt, 604.24 mi, Tehachapi, CA
2011 - Gary Osoba, 565 mi, Zapata, TX
2010 - Michael S. Koerner: 565 miles Crystalaire
2009 - Philippe Athuil, 593.3, Crystalaire
2008 - Henry Retting, 526 mi, Boca Raton, FL
2007 - James S. Ketcham, 694.85 mi, Agua Dulce, CA
2006 - Michael S. Koerner: 592.5234 mi, Crystalaire
2005 - Michael S. Koerner: 602.2985 mi, Crystalaire
2004 - Gordon Boettger, 698.8 mi, Minden
2003 - Philippe Athuil, 645.6 mi, Crystalaire
2002 - Michael S. Koerner: 553.95 mi, Crystalaire
2001 - Michael S. Koerner: 545.95 mi, Crystalaire.
2000 - John O. Graybill, Philippe Athuil, Robert Maronde, 496.68 mi, Crystalaire
1999 - Michael S. Koerner: 545.95 mi, Crystalaire
1998 - Henry G. Marlowe: 431.37 mi, Crystalaire
1997 - Karl Striedieck: 800.32 mi
1996 - John Graybill and Henry Marlowe: 524.442 mi.
1995 - Michael S. Koerner: 554.72 mi.
1994 - Henry Marlowe: 660.41 mi.
1993 - Wallace A. Scott: 539.87 mi.
1992 - Mark Keene: 334.04 mi. [ 1-26 ]
1991 - Ira E. Phillips, Jr.: 541.820 mi.
1990 - Wallace A. Scott: 725.89 mi.
1989 - Wallace A. Scott: 649.16 mi.
1988 - Wallace A. Scott: 716.74 mi.
1987 - Wallace A. Scott: 569.03 mi.
1986 - Wallace A. Scott: 526.6 mi.
1985 - Michael S. Koerner: 449.14 mi, Crystalaire
1984 - Michael S. Koerner: 902.9 mi, Crystalaire
1983 - Wallace A. Scott: 668.36 mi.
1982 - Wallace A. Scott and William H. Seed, Jr.: 533 mi.
1981 - Marion S. Griffith, Jr.: 645.6 mi.
1980 - Wallace A. Scott: 675 mi.
1979 - Wallace A. Scott: 590 mi.
1978 - Wallace A. Scott: 628.98 mi.
1977 - Wallace A. Scott: 716 mi.
1976 - Wallace A. Scott: 540 mi.
1975 - Wallace A. Scott: 6X0.9 mi.
1974 - J. S. Trowbridge: 473.42 mi.
1973 - Wallace A. Scott: lI, 642.09 mi.
1972 - Wallace A. Scott: II, 634.85 mi.
1971 - Wallace A. Scott: 578.48 mi.
1970 - Benjamin W. Greene and Wallace A. Scott: 716.952 mi.
1969 - Wallace A. Scott: 605.23 mi.
1968 - Wallace A. Scott: 492.2 mi.
1967 - Wallace A. Scott: 552 mi.
1966 - Mike Berger: 387.2 mi.
1965 - Alvin H. Parker: 370 mi.
1964 - Alvin H. Parker: 647.17 mi.
1963 - Alvin H. Parker: 487.24 mi.
1962 - Harald W. Jensen: 435 mi.
1961 - John D. Ryan: 454 mi.
1960 - Joseph C. Lincoln: 455.5 mi.
1959 - Harland C. Ross: 365 mi.
1958 - Julien J. Audette: 236 mi.
1957 - Sterling V. Starr: 333 mi.
1956 - Paul F. Bikle: 210 mi.
1955 - Paul F. Bikle: 280 mi.
1954 - Paul F. Bikle: 249 mi.
1953 - Paul F. Bikle: 202 mi.
1952 - Paul F. Bikle: 217 mi.
1951 - William C. Beuby: 141.5 mi.
1950 - No Award
1949 - No Award
1948 - Donald H. Pollard: 206 mi.

See also the Wikipedia entry .


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