See ya' at the airport!
The Colorful Stories of a Soaring Contest Vagabond a.k.a. "The Gate"
Author: Charlie Spratt
Paperback, 160 pages (1st Edition), 192 pages (2nd Edition), many black &
Dimensions: 5.98 x 8.90 x 0.51 inches (152 x 226 x 13 mm)
Copyright 2004 (1st Edition), 2011 (2nd Edition)
NOTE: I'm out of stock of the 2nd Edition. I have one new copy of the 1st edition remaining in stock at a discounted price.
Updated 2nd Edition
In 2011 the 2nd edition became available. The book was updated to
include a new forward by Karl Striedieck, and two additional chapters:
The Tube and Sailplane Racing News. Friends and fans of Charlie
will want this new updated version.
A great collection of stories written by Charlie, about his life -
working at soaring contests, towing glider trailers across country, and
mentoring kids. Charlie is a great storyteller.
Following his many years as a gate keeper
and contest director, Charlie Spratt has written a book - the first to
be published by the National Soaring Museum.
Charlie's stories contain a wealth of detail about soaring contests,
people and sites, some still active and others no longer around. His
writing style is straightforward and colorful. He has the ability to
make us sit back and look at the soaring scene through his eyes. He
gives us his insight and makes us laugh because we recognize it so well.
From his vantage point, Charlie is able to observe developments in U.S.
soaring that are well worth documenting. His stories and anecdotes can
truly be considered a chronology of recent U.S. contest soaring history.
Accolades for See ya' at the Airport!:
Charlie Spratt is the best CD I have ever flown under and that includes
contest in many countries as well as five World Championships.
Fortunately he writes with the same understanding and decisiveness he
brings to contest directing. Soaring would be very much the less without
his inputs, his experience, and his totally distinctive language. It's
all here, told with his inimitable sense of humor. Enjoy!
- George Moffat
The National Soaring Museum exists to record and relate the story of
soaring in America. How better to do that than to publish a book by
Charlie Spratt? Inspired by soaring and an inspirer of those who soar,
Charlie is one of our sport's master story tellers. With this first NSM-published
book, he has set the bar high. Good start, Charlie!
- Peter W. Smith, Director National Soaring Museum
"The Gate" has left his signature on many facets of US soaring
competition, not the least of which has been his unmatched interactions
with all the people who participated in some way. There will never be
another Charlie and having this record of his involvement with the sport
is another of his gifts to us all.
- Karl Striedieck