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handoverThe Australian Gliding Museum first met as a committee on February 26th 1999. This brought together a number of kindred spirits interested in preserving older and historic gliders. These gliders are scattered all over Australia and the aim is to collect them in a safe place before they become destroyed or deteriorate beyond sensible refurbishment.

Other interesting gliding paraphernalia also is becoming available. A strong catalyst for formation of a glider museum was the discovery that an important Australian designed Schneider glider had left Australia bound for a foreign collection.

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Lessing Glider PDF Print E-mail

Donated by: Bill Riley

Country of Origin - Design: Australia

Country of Origin - Manufacture: Australia

Designer: Kurt Lessing

Constructor: Kurt Lessing

Year of Manufacture:

Kurt Lessing migrated from Dresden to Australia after WWII. He was a very skilled machinist and proceeded to build this somewhat strange machine more or less in secret in his workshop at Woodend Vic.

In addition Kurt built a launch ramp 20 metres high with winches and an 800 metre catapult. He died before completion of the project.

Bill Riley bid for this machine at an auction and was astounded at the fact that two elderly ladies were bidding against him. When he questioned them after, one said that she was bidding to stop anyone trying to fly it and likely kill or maim themselves!. Bill assured them that there would definitely be no attempt to fly the glider!

Drawing is not available.