The Quiet Challenge - Hilton Cup Soaring Camp
Written, produced, photographed and directed by Chris Woods
Format: NTSC, Duration: 28 minutes, 1985
Back Cover Review by George Moffat, Two-Time World Champion
Newly digitally restored in DVD format, Chris Woods' 1985 file The Quiet Challenge is a must-have item for anyone interested in sailplane flying. This film, beautifully shot in the Nevada mountains at Barron Hilton's famous Flying M Ranch, records the star-studded 1984 Hilton Cup Soaring Camp.
Flying in to be narrator in his 1931 Waco, John Denver, the legendary songwriter, brings his enthusiasm for all things aeronautical to soaring and succeeds in getting his 200 mile Gold 'C' cross country in a Libelle. On the same day the great Kees Musters, 1983 World Champion from The Netherlands, attempts a flight over three times as long and lands only 20 miles short of a new World Record after eleven hours in the air. The drama of long distance record attempts, both for the pilots and their worried crews, is beautifully portrayed, much aided by an excellent score by Richard Conrad. For those of us who know and flew against such pilots as Helmut Reichmann, Ingo Renner and Kees there is much nostalgia as well as beauty seeing them again in their prime in this outstanding film.
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