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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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10 news items

Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 03:39:00 -0700

Several charter members of that club, particularly Tom Knauff and Karl Striedieck, began pushing the limits of gliding. In 1968, Striedieck set a world-record flight of 440 miles, from Milesburg, Pa., to Mountain Grove, W.Va., and back. That record ...

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 ...

Centre Daily Times

Centre Daily Times
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:45:00 -0700

Middle row, from left: Judy Gray, unknown, Janet Bickle, Jim Bathurst, Larry Perez, Dave Lee, Karl Striedieck, Ed Trembley, Bob Moyer, Steve Sinden and Karin DeJuhasz. Top row, from left: Nancy Verick, Elliot Appleton, Fritz Knipe, Paul Cryder, Joyce ...

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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 ...


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.

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 ...

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