In 1958 it happened that I saw my first glider ever. Fortunately I had my camera close by, so I could memorize that curious thing (see picture below). Later I figured out that this 'thing' might have been a 'Schleicher Ka-4 Rhonlerche', which first flew in 1956. For every 19 km of horizontal flying a Ka-4 loses 1 km in altitude. To day it is more common to fly 40 km, or even 60 km, for 1 km drop of altitude. Obviously this is under completely neutral conditions. In real life the 'secret' is to find lift, like thermals or whatever, to make one stay high for hours.

Well, since that very year 1958, I was dreaming about soaring in the blue sky. But 34 years had to pass by before I read the book 'The Bridge Across Forever' by Richard Bach. That book gave me a kick in my behind, and inspired me to convert flying dreams into reality.

In his book I found a story from real life, about passion for love and passion for flying. He described his love to the actress Leslie Parrish and his flying with different types of aircraft - including sailplanes.

Although Leslie turned into panic whenever she was placed in an aircraft, Richard eventually managed to turn her into a skilled sailplane pilot.

That story have influenced my life for quite some years now.

Some of you might have heard about one of his other books 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull', and maybe even have seen the movie. The songs were all by Neil Diamond. I strongly recommend that book to be read.

1958: First Glider I ever saw!

A nice Story:
On the "Discovery" satellite channel, I once saw a programme about female heavyjet pilots. Among others there was a B747 captain (the only one maybe). She explained that when she was about 14 years of age, she wrote a letter to Richard Bach, and told him that she was fond of his book 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' and that she would like to become a pilot some day. He answered back and encouraged her to go on. At the same time he enclosed a 50$ bill as a start for her flying exercises. Again, Richard Bach's authorship made interference into someone's life.

Opdateret d. 16.04.2017