Devon and Somerset Gliding Club Eagle Team win the Wooden Glider Trophy

PUBLISHED: 14:39 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:39 01 September 2015

The Slingsby Eagle and the the team from Devon and Somerset Gliding Club

The Slingsby Eagle and the the team from Devon and Somerset Gliding Club


A Team from Devon and Somerset Gliding Club took part in a two-seater glider competition at Wolds Gliding Club in Yorkshire last week, writes Jill Harmer.

They towed their vintage glider Slingsby Eagle in its high- tech Supacat trailer to the competition.

John Burrow from Taunton and John Pursey from Plymouth took turn about to be pilot in charge, and other syndicate partners, Nick Jones from Dunkeswell and Malcolm Vest from Wellington assisted with the navigation and kept control of the sandwiches.

They flew cross-country tasks in the Vale of York on four days, scoring highly for distance flown and landed in many stubble fields, best distance was 175Km.

John and John successfully beat all the other gliders in the two-seater Wooden glider class and were 13th overall out of 28 competitors. Benefitting from the skill of its pilots, the Eagle beat many modern, higher performance, glass-fibre gliders.

The Slingsby T42B Eagle Three was built in 1958 and has been owned by various members of Devon and Somerset Gliding Club since 1963. It was used extensively for training and cross-country flying for 40 years.

It was renovated two years ago and was flown at Competition Enterprise at North Hill in 2013, the Eagle’s first flight for 10 years.

Find out more about gliding by visiting the club website at

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