Description: Paul MacCready flies the Orlik in a soaring contest over Torrey Pines, on the Southern California coast north of San Diego, in the spring of 1948. He was then 22 years old and a graduate student at Caltech. A few month later he won the 15th National Soaring Championship held at Elmira, New York, with the same plane -a Polish-built sailplane with 49.5-foot wing span. About the open cockpit, MacCready wrote on the back of the photo: “It was much more fun without the canopy.”
Caltech Archives ID: PBM1.1-5
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