It’s not widely — or wasn’t, at any rate — known that I spent a fine month in Air Force Officer Training School. Some people might get scared at the thought of gliding in a motorless sailplane, but not I! You shouldn’t be either.


Over 80 years ago, Harris Hill in Elmira, New York, set itself up to to be the “Soaring Capital of America”. The topography of the area, with hills and plateaus help. The community and WPA helped set up the facilities. Today, there are hangars, training facilities, gliding areas and the National Soaring Museum! I was happy to be hosted to experience it!


The museum also has local art displayed and little unexpected rotating exhibits, like this dollhouse. Dollhouses come in all styles, because they were really a way to teach girls what to expect when they grew up, for their station in life. This house below has a mousetrap and mice! I currently have a terrible mouse problem . . . did my late father buy me a dollhouse with mice? If so, I want a do-over!

Published by tamarmarcopolostyle

Read more at The National Soaring Museums webpage HERE

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