Well over two centuries ago the idea of gliding soared into the world. As early as 1799 an English engineer and aviator known as George Cayley began to discover the characteristics of flight and successfully flew his kite wing glider concept in 1804. The Wright brothers later expanded upon what was possible with gliders. By the end of the first World War gliding really began to takeoff. Throughout the 1920’s and 30’s Germany began developing more efficient gliders all while discovering how the weather can sustain their flight for longer periods of time. By 1940, Germany alone had 50,000+ glider pilots, partly thanks to Peter Reidel who popularized competitive gliding.