Soaring to new heights: Soaring museum offers valuable lessons

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By Kirsten Laskey

The U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum in Moriarty, N.M., has a lot of history lessons to teach, not just to Moriarty residents but to everyone.

Within the museum, there are 36 historically significant sailplanes, which are powerless aircraft. There is also a large collection of scale models of historically important gliders and a photograph collection, which depicts the history of soaring.

In addition to its exhibits, the museum also hosts dinners and other events. Allene Lindstrom of Los Alamos, a director of the museum foundation board, added Lockheed Martin awarded the museum a grant to help establish an education program, but she said the process is slow and more support is needed.

Education opportunities are available, however. According to a press release, the museum staff has worked with Moriarty High School to offer an aviation technology class this fall.

Lindstrom explained the museum was always a goal of its president, George Appleby.

Lindstrom became involved in the museum after donating a glider, which previously belonged to her father, to the museum.

The museum was incorporated in 1996 and the first hangar was purchased at the Moriarty Airport in 1999.

A second hangar was completed in 1997. The newest building, which is 38,400-square feet, was finished two years ago.

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