National Soaring Museum, Elmira

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The National Soaring Museum is an aviation museum whose stated aim is to preserve the history of motorless flight. It is located on top of Harris Hill near Elmira, New York, United States.The NSM is the Soaring Society of America's official repository. In 1975, the SSA Board of Directors transferred the Soaring Hall of Fame to the National Soaring Museum.The museum features a large collection of vintage and historical gliders.The museum also administers the National Landmark of Soaring program to recognize people, places and events which are significant in the history of motorless aviation.HistoryElmira and Harris Hill have long been associated with soaring in the USA. The establishment of the nation's most prolific glider manufacturer, Schweizer Aircraft in Elmira and the holding of first 13 National Soaring Contests at the site between 1930 and 1946 guaranteed its stature as a location.During the US National Soaring Contests in the 1950s competitors and organizers discussed the concept of a national soaring museum. A local Elmira museum at Strathmont Estates featured a display on the subject at the time.In the 1960s, the gliding segment of this small collection was moved to Harris Hill as a result of the work of the Harris Hill Soaring Corporation and Schweizer Aircraft co-founder Paul A. Schweizer.By 1969 the Soaring Society of America had earmarked Harris Hill as the location for the future National Soaring Museum. The museum was established as an independent nonprofit corporation. The New York State Department of Education chartered the museum as a non-profit educational institution in 1972.
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  • I know little about gliders. This is the place to learn about them. The exhibits take the visitor from the earliest to the latest and everything in between. To cover the museum thoroughly would take a...  more »
  • We were here as part of a bus tour. We had a guided tour. Our guide explained the beginnings of gliding/soaring to the present time(very interesting). The best of this area is not only the history but...  more »
  • This is a small museum on top of a 1700 foot hill next to a runway for gliders. The museum explains the history of gliding nicely, with a useful film. I mostly took in the elegant long wings and grace...  more »
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  • The National Soaring Museum (NSM) is an aviation museum whose stated aim is to preserve the history of motorless flight. It is located on top of Harris Hill near Elmira, New York, United States.
  • Had a great time. The Museum is small but packed with details if you are interested in soaring. The highlight was the sailplane ride, what a cool experience!
  • If you are in to airplanes or flight history, it's definitely worth checking out.
  • Awesome place and it's only donations
  • Very cool museum and only one of its kind around here
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