Bulletin #12 of volume 5 contained the announcement:
"On January 1, 1937, the SSA is coming out with a real honest-to-God publication which will be highly illustrated with photographs. We are planning to send out our first issue to a mailing list of 10,000 in a drive for new members. It will be a publication of which the present members of the SSA should well be proud. It will incorporate both foreign and domestic news, technical information, and drawings."Soaring began and continued as a twelve-page, monthly publication until February, 1940, when financial problems forced a cutback to publication once every other month. This situation continued through the 1950's. A monthly schedule was resumed with the July, 1959 issue.
In TBD date, the name of the publication was changed to Soaring and Gliding to reflect the merger of Soaring with Motorgliding which was published between TBD and TBD.
Soaring has had a long list of distinguished editors:
|Editor||First issue||Last issue||Issues Edited|
|Lewin B. Barringer||Jan. 1937||Feb. 1939||26|
|Henry N. Wightman||Mar. 1939||Jan. 1940||12|
|Floyd J. Sweet||Feb.-Mar. 1940||May-Jun. 1941||9|
|Parker Leonard||Jul.-Aug. 1941||Mar.-Apr. 1942||5|
|Alexis Dawydoff/Ben Shupack||May-Jun. 1942||Nov.-Dec. 1942||4|
|Ben Shupack||Jan.-Feb 1943||Nov.-Dec. 1944||12|
|Taylor Boyer||Jan.-Feb 1945||Jul.-Aug. 1947||16|
|Richard Comey||Sep.-Oct. 1947||Nov.-Dec. 1949||14|
|Fred C. Obarr||Jan.-Feb. 1950||Mar.-Apr. 1950||2|
|Eugart Yerian||May-Jun. 1950||Jul.-Aug. 1952||14|
|Julian Stag||Sep.-Oct .1952||Mar.-Apr. 1953||4|
|Jack R. Kemp||May-Jun. 1953||same||1|
|Jon Carsey/E. J. Reeves||Jul.-Aug. 1953||Jan.-Feb. 1954||4|
|Robert C. Forbes||Mar.-Apr. 1954||May-Jun. 1957||20|
|Lloyd Licher||Jul.-Aug. 1957||May 1964 plus Sep. 1965||72|
|Alexis Dawydoff||Jun. 1964||Aug. 1965||15|
|Richard Miller||Oct. 1965||Sep. 1967||24|
|Bennett M. Rogers||Oct. 1967||Aug. 1970||35|
|Doug Lamont||Sep. 1970||Mar. 1983||151|
|Bob Said||Apr. 1983||Apr. 1986||37|
|James Algar||May 1986||Mar. 1987||11|
|Paul Sengebusch||Apr. 1987||Dec. 1987||9|
|Mark Kennedy||Jan. 1988||Aug. 1999||140|
|Vacant||Sep. 1999||Apr. 2000||8|
|John Good||May 2000||Aug. 2003||39|
|Denise Layton||Sep. 2003||Mar. 2008||55|
|Chuck Coyne||Apr. 2008||present|
It was in Soaring's spirit of volunteerism that Jean Doty of Phoenix, Arizona, almost single-handedly compiled the first comprehensive Soaring Index. It covers 35 years and 305 issues of Soaring dating from 1937 to 1971. This installment was published by The Soaring Society of America, Inc., in July, 1972 with a second printing in August, 1973.
In 1979, Jean was asked to serve the Society once again by compiling an Index covering 1972 to 1977. She completed the Index in July of that year despite an ongoing illness, and in November, she passed away. This installment was published by The Soaring Society of America, Inc., in July, 1979.
Although the 1978 and 1979 Index was compiled by SSA staff members and volunteers, in recognition of Jean's extended service the Index was named the Jean Doty Memorial Soaring Index. Jean's generous spirit will be missed by many in and out of soaring, and it is with utmost respect for her that the Index, published by SSA in January 1980, was dedicated in her honor. Jean Doty opened the "gold mine" of information in past issues to those who seek it. We all owe her our hearty thanks for a job well done.
The Indices for the years 1980 to 1984 and 1985 to 1997 were compiled and made available by the SSA staff.
In 2003, Bertha Ryan, of Ridgecrest California, undertook the daunting task of scanning the rare copies of the fading, original, typed Indices into a computer, and then painstakingly editing them. She entered the recent years all by hand, and scanned in all of the covers from 1951 to 1971, and 1988 to 1996! What we have available is the fruit of her labors.
Jonathan Gere, of Camp Hill Pennsylvania, contributed all of the covers from 1971 to 1987. Jack Wyman, of Manchester Michigan, contributed all of the covers from 1937 to 1952.
Michael Steckner, of Richmond Heights Ohio, and Gonzalo García-Granero, of Navarra Spain, made available their indexes of Technical Soaring, which we have filled out and integrated into the listings and search.
In 2009, Kathleen K. Taylor, of Los Alamos New Mexico, scanned in all of the uncopyrighted issues, and the treasure trove of content is now available to everyone thanks to her extraordinarily generous contribution.
We are actively seeking collaborators, with access to the original issues of Soaring Magazine, to help in the cleaning up of the indices.