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Women With Wings: Janejira Chui-Noei

Women With Wings: Janejira Chui-Noei

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FAI European Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 9750    

Bid:

309

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Open Class
18 meter Class
15 meter Class

Place

: Lasham (United Kingdom)

Date(s)

: 10 Aug to 26 Aug 2017

Website

:http://www.egc2017.co.uk


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FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship -

Event ID

: 10516    

Bid:

806

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country

Place

: Brasilia (Brazil)

Date(s)

: 06 Aug to 19 Aug 2017

Website

:http://www.brasilia2017.com


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Poitou -

Event ID

: 11882    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F1A (Gliders)
F1B (Model Aircraft with Extensible Motors Wakefield)
F1C (Power Model Aircraft)
F1Q (Electric Power Model Aircraft)

Place

: Noizé (Thouars) (France)

Date(s)

: 16 Aug to 17 Aug 2017

Website

:http://poitou-aero.com


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FAI European Microlight Championships -

Event ID

: 11906    

Bid:

270

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

RWL 1 T (Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RWL 2 T (Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
RAL 1 T (Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RAL 2 T (Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
RGL 1 T (Autogyro / Landplane / Flown solo)
RGL 2 T (Autogyro / Landplane / Flown with two persons)

Place

: Nagykanizsa Airport (Hungary)

Date(s)

: 12 Aug to 19 Aug 2017


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Naviter Open -

Event ID

: 11941    

Bid:

264

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Krushevo (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia)

Date(s)

: 13 Aug to 19 Aug 2017

Website

:http://flywideopen.org


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Polish and Serbian Open, Serbian League 4th round -

Event ID

: 12014    

Bid:

792

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Raska (Serbia)

Date(s)

: 14 Aug to 19 Aug 2017

Website

:http://airtribune.com/polish-and-serbia-open-2017


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Cameli XC Open -

Event ID

: 12114    

Bid:

307

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Cameli (Turkey)

Date(s)

: 14 Aug to 19 Aug 2017


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Kobala open -

Event ID

: 12160    

Bid:

301

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country

Place

: Tolmin (Slovenia)

Date(s)

: 15 Aug to 20 Aug 2017

Website

:http://hg.sffa.org/index.php/sl/kobala-open-2017


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Czech Regional Championship -

Event ID

: 12165    

Bid:

259

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
Open Class

Place

: Krizanov (Czech Rep.)

Date(s)

: 06 Aug to 18 Aug 2017


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Rana Cup -

Event ID

: 12166    

Bid:

259

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
handicapped

Place

: Raná u Loun (Czech Rep.)

Date(s)

: 12 Aug to 19 Aug 2017

Website

:http://pohar.aeroklubrana.cz


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German Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 12203    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class

Place

: Moenchsheide (Germany)

Date(s)

: 15 Aug to 25 Aug 2017

Website

:http://www.moenchsheide.de


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Turkish Paragliding Accuracy League - Erzincan - Turkey -

Event ID

: 12234    

Bid:

307

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Erzincan (Turkey)

Date(s)

: 26 Jul to 20 Aug 2017

Website

:http://www.thk.org.tr


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Victoria Cup -

Event ID

: 12269    

Bid:

300

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Donovaly (Slovakia)

Date(s)

: 16 Aug to 20 Aug 2017


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Upcoming Events

17 August 2017 7th World Cup Trnava 2017 - Boleraz (Slovakia)
18 August 2017 2017 Open Scandinavian Baltic Scalemaster - Helsingborg (Sweden)
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19 August 2017 2017 Swiss Control line Scale & Semi Scale Contest - Untersiggenthal (Switzerland)
19 August 2017 2017 F3A World Cup RC-club - Moscow (Russia)
19 August 2017 2017 EUROTOUR Hessenpokal F5F - Zierenberg (Germany)
19 August 2017 2nd Mitteldeutscher FPV Race Cup - Bitterfeld (Germany)
19 August 2017 2017 Poitou Moncontour 2min - St Jean de Sauves (France)
19 August 2017 6th FAI European Paramotor Championships - Břeclav (Czech Rep.)
19 August 2017 2017 French Open Laragne - Laragne (France)
19 August 2017 2017 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP - Celje (Slovenia)
19 August 2017 2017 Kazakhstan HG Open Championship - Ushkonyr (Kazakhstan)
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19 August 2017 2017 British Junior Championships - Nympsfield (United Kingdom)
20 August 2017 2017 FAI S European Championships for Space Models - Wloclawek (Poland)
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18th Coupe Aéronautiqe Gordon Bennett - St.Louis (USA) 1929

Start in St.Louis, Manion Park, September 28th      

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

One had returned to the place of launch of 1907 and 1910, mostly to commemorate John Wise, who had met death exactly 50 years ago, on September 29th, 1897, on a balloon flight across Lake Michigan. John Wise was the most outstanding pioneer of early aeronautics in the United States. He became famous, when he set a world record flying 803 miles in 20 hours and 40 minutes from St. Louis to Henderson (NY) on July 1st, 1859. It was a pity, that only nine balloons took part in a race to honour him. One reason for this were the high expenses, European teams had to pay for the long journey and their stay in the US, the other reason was the more and more pressing superiority of the American balloons. The GOODYEAR company had ordered their best engineers and research scientists to develop new and lighter fabrics and all three balloons of the US teams took their profit of this development. Also, the team van Orman/McCracken was equipped with the most modern navigation aids of their time and so were considered as favourites before the launch. Under these circumstances, it is astonishing, that Germany took part in the race with two balloons, other European nations had sent, if they did, just one. With Great Britain, Italy and Spain, three nations, taking part in almost every race since the beginning, were no longer present. Italy and Spain took part in one race each some years later, Great Britain did not return to the races till 1983, their interest had almost come to an end.

Public interest was also reduced. Other events seized the headlines of the newspapers. LZ 127 GRAF ZEPPELIN had opened civil aviation between Germany and America when this airship flew from Friedrichshafen in Germany to Lakehurst in 111.5 hours under captain Hugo Eckener on October 11th, 1928. And it was just one month ago (August 28th, 1929) when the same ship had successfully finished a round the world-flight in 21 days. One day after the launch of the Gordon Bennett Race Fritz von Opel made the first successful flight with a plane, powered by rockets. That was more interesting than a gas balloons! The spectacular flights with a balloon to the stratosphere happened several years later.

One pilot in this race was the Argentinean Eduardo Bradley. He took part in the race for the second and unfortunately last time. His grand parents had lived in Boston/USA but then emigrated to Buenos Aires. Eduardo Bradley was the best known balloon pilot of South America. In 1909 he had been the first man to cross the Andes by air in a balloon, now he was the Secretary of the civil aviation authority of Argentina.

He began his trip to the race as passenger of the first airmail flight from Buenos Aires to Miami, which lasted 56 hours. The following railroad travel from Miami to St. Louis took him 54 hours. The race was unfortunately for him. Very bad weather forced him to land after about 18 hours south of Terre Haute (Indiana). A tree was in his way, both pilots were thrown overboard. His co-pilot, lieutenant Francisco J. Cadavan caught some bruses, but Bradley got a complicated break of his knee and had to stay in the Union Hospital of Terre Haute for one month.

After take-off at 4 p.m. the balloons crossed the home town of Lindbergh at low speed, heading north east. It rained without interruption and forced the competitors to dump a lot of ballast. The next day brought thunderstorms, that had to be over flown in high altitudes. Experienced Gordon Bennett pilots agreed after the flight, that this race was the most difficult since then.

Ward T. van Orman won the second time (after 1926), short but clear ahead of his fellow citizen W. E. Kepner, who had won the previous year. The fact, that the third rank was also covered by an American is unique in the history of the races an demonstrates the superiority of the American balloons. Demuyter had to be satisfied with rank 4, the two German balloons had a disappointing rank 7 and 8.

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