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Slovenian Gliding Championship -

Event ID

: 12061    

Bid:

301

Event classification

: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Club Class
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Place

: Prievidza (Slovakia)

Date(s)

: 27 May to 04 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.gremovluft.si/en


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China Linzhou Paragliding Open -

Event ID

: 12071    

Bid:

253

Event classification

: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

Place

: Linzhou (China (People's Republic of))

Date(s)

: 26 May to 30 May 2017

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:http://www.linzhouclub.com


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FAI Women's World Gliding Championship -

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: 9748    

Bid:

259

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: First Category Event

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: World Championship

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Club Class
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Place

: Zbraslavice (Czech Rep.)

Date(s)

: 17 May to 04 Jun 2017


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Open Kazakhstan Accuracy cup Stage III -

Event ID

: 12177    

Bid:

279

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Date(s)

: 28 May to 29 May 2017

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: 03 Jun to 04 Jun 2017

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:http://www.samuryk.kz


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Almaty Cup -

Event ID

: 12022    

Bid:

279

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

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: Other

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:

F1A (Gliders)
F1B (Model Aircraft with Extensible Motors Wakefield)
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F1P (Power Model Aircraft)

Place

: Samara (Russia)

Date(s)

: 26 May to 29 May 2017

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:http://www.aviasamara.ru/


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Trofeo dell'Oltrepo -

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: 12081    

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277

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

handicapped

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: Rivanazzano (Italy)

Date(s)

: 26 May to 04 Jun 2017

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:http://www.avm.it/trofeo_oltrepo.html


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Trofeo VST F5B-F5F -

Event ID

: 11817    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

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: Other

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:

F5B (Motor Gliders)
F5F (4 Cell Motor Gliders)

Place

: Rivalta Torinese (Italy)

Date(s)

: 06 May to 07 Jun 2017

Alternate dates

: 13 May to 14 May 2017

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:http://www.asdvoli.it


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EUROTOUR Coppa Citta di Carisio -

Event ID

: 11819    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

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: Other

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:

F5J (Thermal Gliders with electric motor and altimeter/motor run timer)

Place

: San Damiano, Carisio (Italy)

Date(s)

: 29 Apr to 30 May 2017

Alternate dates

: 06 May to 07 May 2017

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:http://www.asdvoli.it


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Dannstadter Vergleichsfliegen -

Event ID

: 11956    

Bid:

266

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

Club Class
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Place

: Ludwigshafen - Dannstadt (Germany)

Date(s)

: 25 May to 05 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.vergleichsfliegen.de


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BOS Round 2 -

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: 11973    

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309

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country

Place

: Leyburn, Yorkshire (United Kingdom)

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: 26 May to 30 May 2017

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:http://www.bos.bhgcomps.uk/content/bos-2017-0


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FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP -

Event ID

: 12146    

Bid:

294

Event classification

: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

18 meter Class

Place

: Wroclaw, Szymanow (Poland)

Date(s)

: 27 May to 03 Jun 2017


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Copa Nacional de Parapente Accuracy Tinjaca Boyaca -

Event ID

: 12178    

Bid:

255

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

Cross Country

Place

: Tinjaca (Colombia)

Date(s)

: 27 May to 29 May 2017


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30 May 2017 2017 Swiss Open Engelberg - Engelberg (Switzerland)
31 May 2017 2017 Skytribe XC - Clopotiva (Romania)
01 June 2017 2017 International Erzgebirge Cup for Rigids - Hartenstein (Germany)
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02 June 2017 40th Grand Prix CR - Olomouc (Czech Rep.)
02 June 2017 2017 Istanbul Free Flight Cup - Vize - Kirklareli (Turkey)
02 June 2017 25th Valerio Albrizio Trophy - Laveno (Italy)
02 June 2017 20th Int. Schmittenpokal, Austrian Championship - Piesendorf - Zell am See (Austria)
02 June 2017 2017 Ludesch Open - Ludesch (Austria)
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02 June 2017 2017 Korea Open Paragliding Accuracy Cup - GagokMyeon, DanyangEub, DanyangGun (Korea)
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03 June 2017 2017 Danish World Cup - Herning (Denmark)
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22 May 2017 Parachuting : Exit altitude : 10'823 m Fraser Corsan (GBR)
22 May 2017 Parachuting : Distance of Fall without a Drogue : 9'741 m Fraser Corsan (GBR)
19 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 518,6 km/h Michael Finbow (GBR)
17 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 905,00 km/h
17 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 920,00 km/h
07 May 2017 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Number of consecutive accuracy landing with a score of 0 : 4 rounds Anton Svoljšak (SLO)
07 May 2017 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Number of consecutive accuracy landing with a score of 0 : 4 rounds Anton Svoljšak (SLO)
04 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 545,0 km/h John DeLawyer (USA)
04 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 590.0 km/h Raymond Lewallen (USA)
28 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 795,00 km/h Jason Baird (USA)
26 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 26.04.2017
19 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 960.00 km/h Thomas E. Maurer (USA)
17 April 2017 Rotorcraft : Speed over a recognised course : 227,9 km/h Maxim Sotnikov (RUS)
12 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course, round trip : 140.00 km/h Patrick R. Lahiff (USA)
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5th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - St. Louis (USA) 1910

Start: St.Louis, "Forest Park", October 17th , 4.30 p.m.         

From the Book: Die Gordon Bennett Ballon Rennen
(The Gordon Bennett Races) by Ulrich Hohmann Sr

For the second time in America, for the second time at the same place, but what a difference from the race three years before! Dear reader, go back once again and read, what Erbslöh stated about the preparations then. Also a comparison of the organization is recommended. When the pilots and their material arrived at St.Louis in 1910, one had really forgotten, that the race should take place there. Nowhere could they obtain any information, nobody could be found, who knew anything about the race. It seemed as if they had gone to a wrong St. Louis.

Finally on Sunday, October 16th, the pilots discovered a notice in the office of the organisators, telling that on Monday morning, 4 a.m. inflation should begin, launch was scheduled for the afternoon, 4:30 p.m., also the order of the launch and that every balloon will get seven negroes for help.

The wind came from the south southwest, a huge wide open space lay ahead of the balloons, but also the Great lakes and the Canadian wilderness with deserted areas and gigantic jungles. Seven of ten balloons risked to jump across the Great Lakes and flew to Canada. It needed a lot of energy and love for competition to extend the flight up to these inhospitably areas. The German balloon HARBURG III (Lieutenant Vogt and W. F. Assmann) fell into Lake Nipising, when the crew reached the shore by swimming, where they were welcomed by Indians. Messner and Givaudan landed their AZUREA in the middle of the jungle and it took them three days to find an inhabitant area. Hugo von Abercron and August Blankertz were lost in the jungle for not less than 10 days. They had to leave their balloon back at the landing spot, were it was found three month later by Inuits.

Still before the race, big hopes had been set in America on Allan R. Hawley and Augustus Post. They had a superior win in the preselection flight from Indianapolis in September. Now exhaustion was even bigger, when after a message, dropped 24 hours after launch, no news came in the following days. The American aero club as well as the local club of St. Louis sent representatives to Ottawa and Toronto, to organize saving expeditions from there. Finally, after 10 days, a telegram came in. Sent from St. Ambroise it contained the following message: "Landed one week ago in the wilderness on the Peribonka River 50 miles north of Chicoutimi. Are both well and on the way back. Hawley and Post."

The landing-place was on a hillslope in 500m altitude. Augustus Post had hunted moose in this area some time before and so had a little knowledge about the Canadian forests. Their four-days-walk to the tent of a woodcutter was extremely arduous, for they had to carry with them all their food and blankets and Hawley suffered from a pulled tendon, he got from a fall.

Both pilots already had been together in the basket at the Gordon Bennett Race 1907. Augustus Post also was the co-pilot at the race in Berlin, who climbed through the skylight in Berlin-Friedenau after the 5-minute flight. With the 1910 flight they crowned their ballooning career and flew just for fun from then on. Instead, we meet Harry E. Honeywell from St.Louis for the first time this year, who will take part in totally seven races until 1924, but could never win.

Also other famous names can be discovered in the competitors list for the first time. Hugo von Abercron was present every year since the beginning. Oberst Schaeck and now Hauptmann Messner, winner of 1908 tried once again to gain victory for Switzerland in two balloons. Theodor Schaeck dies soon later. For this race, he had selected a co-pilot, who became one of the great Gordon Bennett pilots some years later: Paul Armbruster. For the first time Hans Gericke appears, he manages at once to reach the second place. We will hear from him in the following year.

Original report from Hawley about his flight to victory

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