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Karl H. Striedieck II (born April 7, 1937 Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a world record setting glider pilot and a member of the U.S. Soaring Hall of Fame. He was an early pioneer of ridge soaring in the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians in the 1960s, ultimately setting nine world records flying gliders there. He was selected for the U.S. national soaring team 12 times, and won a silver medal in the world championships in 1978 and 1983.

Mr. Striedieck was a U.S. Air Force pilot from 1959 to 1962, flying the F-86 Sabre and F-102 Delta Dagger, then continued his military service until 1981 in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, where he transitioned to the A-7 Corsair II. A year before graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1965, he started flying gliders when he and Bill Clark co-founded the Nittany Soaring Club, flying out of the former State College Air Depot. He has over 15,000 flying hours, with nearly half of that total in gliders.

Mr. Striedieck moved his home to the Eagle Field private airport on top of Bald Eagle Mountain, near State College, Pennsylvania in 1966, and now lives there with his second wife, Iris.

World gliding records[edit]

Source: Fédération Aéronautique Internationale[1]

Other flying accomplishments[edit]

  • Smirnoff Derby Twice, won 1978
  • SSA Contest Rules Committee Chairman 1992-2004
  • Contest Organizer/Manager 18 times
  • Lilienthal Medal 1971
  • Lincoln Award 1986
  • Exceptional Achievement Award 1972, 1977, 1986, 1994, 1997
  • U.S. Standard Class Trophy 1973, 1980, 1981, 1992, 1996;
  • U.S. Schreder 15M Trophy 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1996, 1999, 2001
  • Giltner Trophy 1988, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2001
  • Hilton Cup 1989
  • du Pont Trophy 1990
  • Kubly Standard Trophy 1991, 1992, 1993, 1990
  • Gomez Trophy 1999
  • Lattimore Trophy 1999
  • Hatcher Trophy 2001
  • FAI 1000 K Diploma #5 (Int #8) 1972
Source: Soaring Hall of Fame[2]

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Karl Striedieck (w/Sean Fidler) thermaling in large fire updraft in DuoDiscus KS

3.14.11 Senior Nationals Seminole Lake, FL. Flying in the back seat with Karl I had a chance to film this incredible climb. We entered at about 1400 and left at ...

Adventures in Conservation: Falconry Demonstration by Karl Striedieck

ClearWater Conservancy's Adventures in Conservation program series featured a Falconry Demonstration by Karl Striedieck and his red-tailed hawk Zoe in ...

Ridge Running with KS

Ridge Soaring with Karl Striedieck of the US Soaring Team.

Glider Crosswind Sideslip Launches

http://www.radiocarbonart.com/ Gliders take off in moderate cross winds while launching for day 3 of the Region 2 SSA multi-class glider race at Mifflin, PA, USA, ...

Launching from Eagle Field (Striedieck's house...)

Spent some time at Karl's today. Amazing. Many video's coming!

Winching at Eagle Field

Karl and Iris Striedieck invited my dad and I to Eagle Field to help familiarize them with their new winch. This video is from the first few launches we did. It was a ...

Eagle Field landing

Pilot Bob Bowers lands his Super Decathalon on Karl Striediecks Eagle Field, taxis to the end and then takesoff. Camera: Frank Konesky.

Eagle Field Winch Launch

Winch launch of KS, Karl Striediek's Duo Discus, at his ridge top field in central Pennsylvania.

The Ancient Art of Falconry

Hi. I'm Brian Hurley. I made this video. Normally I don't do things like this. More often I'm over here: http://fictionadvocate.com/

Winch launch at Eagle Field

On Oct 26 2012, we did 20 practice winch launches at Eagle Field (in central PA). Here's video from one of them.

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7 news items

Centre Daily Times

Centre Daily Times
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:07:30 -0700

That particular corner of the sky happens to be where Karl Striedieck spends a bulk of his spare time, a frequent house guest of the hawks, falcons and other birds that call it home. Striedieck is a former member of the U.S. Air Force and spent 18 ...


Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:03:45 -0700

This year's longest flight time trophy winner and the 15-Meter FAI Handicapped Class winner was John Good of Mill Creek. John Seymour of Waterbury, Conn., was the winner of the 18-Meter Class, and Karl Striedieck of Port Matilda won the Sports Class.

Daily Commercial

Daily Commercial
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:08:36 -0700

CLERMONT — Karl Striedieck, last year's winner of the Seniors Soaring Championship in Clermont, is really into birds. Besides competing in the glider competition, the licensed master Falconer is an avid bird watcher who enjoys a unique way to view ...

Centre Daily Times

Centre Daily Times
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:07:42 -0800

Today's photo is from Karl Striedieck. Striedieck wrote: “Readers might be interested in a facet of local aviation that occurred around here from 1939 to 1949. Known as the All American Airways airmail pickup, it provided airmail service for many ...
South Lake Press
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:16:02 -0700

Among the 55 were world champions and members of the world team, including Karl Striedieck, 77, a world record-setting glider pilot from Pennsylvania and a member of the U.S. Soaring Hall of Fame, and Rich Owen, an Orlando top flyer and co-coordinator ...
Le Matin Online
Thu, 24 May 2012 21:30:45 -0700

En 1977, Karl Striedieck établissait le record de distance en planeur. Avion modeste simplisme absolument sans moteur d'aucune sorte. En 14 heures il avait parcouru la distance de 1633km soit une vitesse moyenne de 116 km/h. En comparaison, notre ...
Sat, 25 Jul 2009 07:12:36 -0700

Iedereen die een beetje in de zweefvliegwereld thuis is kent hem wel; dat kleine eenzittertje die ook wel met de spottende naam 'vliegende vod' door het leven gaat. Vele ervaren zweefvliegpiloten gingen op de Schleicher Ka-8 ooit solo en noteerden voor ...

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