Speaker Session - Karl Striedieck

Convention Center Room 202C Friday, February 19, 2022 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

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Karl Striedieck

TOPIC: “Soaring Birds of Prey”

Few people have been more involved in US soaring than Karl Striedieck. A former USAF and Pennsylvania ANG pilot, he was the US representative for Schleicher from 1974-86. He has accrued 18,000 hours of flying time with 8,500 in gliders.

Karl’s soaring competition achievements include:

  • Lilienthal Medal 1971 for world record flights in the Appalachians
  • 9 World Records
  • US Team member 13 times Silver medals 1978 (France) and 1981 (USA)
  • First place in last Smirnoff Derby 1978
  • 115 regional contests and 70 national contests
  • Winner 17 national contests


He has offered ride-along flights at contests in a Duo Discus for 12 years and raised $40K for the US team with his efforts. He operates a winch launch school out of his Eagle Field in Central Pennsylvania where he has lived for 50 years.

Karl has practiced falconry for 25 years and holds a Master Falconer rating.