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World Cup F3K Zlin -

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259

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Mosel Open -

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612

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Champions Cup Memory Belman B.R. -

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F2A (Speed Model Aircraft)
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Donauwanderpokal -

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246

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F3F (Slope Soaring Gliders)

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: Braunsberg bei Hainburg / Donau (Austria)

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EUROTOUR Coppa Citta di Carisio -

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277

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

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World cup for Space models Kaspichan -

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:http://www.f1abc.com


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F3J Bulgaria Cup -

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731

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F3J (Thermal Duration Gliders)

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: Dupnitsa (Bulgaria)

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IKR Pokal -

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266

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: 29 Apr to 30 Apr 2017

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IKR Pokal -

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266

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F2G (Electric Speed)
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: Bitterfeld (Germany)

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: 29 Apr to 30 Apr 2017

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EME Coupe internationale du Sud Ouest -

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265

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F2A (Speed Model Aircraft)
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: Sainte-Eulalie (France)

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: 29 Apr to 30 Apr 2017


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Lyon FPV World Cup -

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265

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F3U (RC Multi-Rotor FPV Racing)

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: Lyon (France)

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: 29 Apr to 30 Apr 2017

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:http://www.bkpresse.com


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Spring Meeting - Friuli Venezia Giulia Trophy -

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: 11927    

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277

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: Second Category Event

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: Meduno (Italy)

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: 25 Apr to 01 May 2017

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Vrsac Open -

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: 11942    

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792

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Cross Country

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: Vrsac (Serbia)

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: 29 Apr to 02 May 2017

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:http://www.airtribune.com/vrsac-open-2017


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Dannstadter Vergleichsfliegen -

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: 11956    

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266

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Club Class
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: Ludwigshafen - Dannstadt (Germany)

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: 25 May to 05 Jun 2017

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:http://www.vergleichsfliegen.de


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BOS Round 1 and British Open -

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309

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: Crickhowell (United Kingdom)

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:http://www.bos.bhgcomps.uk/content/bos1-se-wales-0


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Italian Nationals Club Class -

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: 11975    

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277

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Club Class

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: Alzate Brianza (Italy)

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: 22 Apr to 02 May 2017

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KLIX - international gliding cup -

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260

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18 meter Class
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: Klix (Germany)

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: 28 Apr to 06 May 2017

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:http://www.aeroteam.de


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Open Internacional Ala delta Pedro Bernardo -

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669

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class 1 Cross country
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: Pedro Bernardo (Spain)

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: 29 Apr to 02 May 2017

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:http://www.airtribune.com/openpb2017


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Open Cup Turan -

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: 12077    

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612

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

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: Tuva, Turan (Russia)

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: 29 Apr to 04 May 2017

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:http://www.turan.paraplanoff.net/


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Vilnius Cup

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: 12078    

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284

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Cross Country

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: Panevezys (Lithuania)

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: 29 Apr to 01 May 2017

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:http://skrydis.lt/vt/2017


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St Petersburg accuracy cup -

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: 12080    

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612

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Paragliding Accuracy

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: St. Petersburg (Russia)

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: 28 Apr to 30 Apr 2017

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:http://www.lenoblcup.ru


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Norwegian Cup 2 -

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: 12095    

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292

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Cross Country

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: Voss, Bergen (Norway)

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: 29 Apr to 01 May 2017

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Turkish Paragliding Accuracy League - Kayseri (Region 1) -

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: 12109    

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307

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Paragliding Accuracy

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: Kayseri (Turkey)

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: 29 Apr to 01 May 2017


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Greek Paragliding championship, XC Open Event Kamvounia -

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267

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Cross Country

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: Deskati Grevenon (Greece)

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: 29 Apr to 01 May 2017

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:http://www.livetrack24.com/events/kamvounia2017/en


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Soca Open Valley -

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301

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Cross Country

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: Tolmin (Slovenia)

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: 27 Apr to 02 May 2017

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:http://comps.sffa.org/en/event/soca-open-valley-2017


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Open Paragliding Championship of Permskiy Kray -

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: 12119    

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612

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Cross Country

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: Kungur (Russia)

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: 29 Apr to 05 May 2017

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:http://airtribune.com/chpk2017/info


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Albania Open -

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: 12127    

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701

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Paragliding Accuracy

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: Vlora (Albania)

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: 27 Apr to 30 Apr 2017

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:http://www.albaniaopen.com


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30 April 2017 2017 Open Dnister Cup - Vilidg, Mogiliv - Podilskiy (Ukraine)
01 May 2017 3rd FAI Asian-Oceanic Paramotor Championships - Pasak Jolasid Dam, Lopburi (Thailand)
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03 May 2017 2017 Korea Open Hang Gliding Competitions_ Ha-dong - Pyeongsa-ri (Korea)
04 May 2017 2017 Dave Anderson Memorial Cup - Narrandera, NSW (Australia)
04 May 2017 2017 Elbrus Cup - Nalchik (Russia)
04 May 2017 2017 Championship of CFR of Russia - Russian Flatland Cup - Kursk (Russia)
05 May 2017 9th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship - Dhermi, Llogara, Vlora (Albania)
05 May 2017 2017 EUROTOUR Wilga cup - Lviv (Ukraine)
05 May 2017 2017 EUROTOUR Wilga cup - Lviv (Ukraine)
05 May 2017 5th Trofeo Citta di Velletri - Velletri (Italy)
05 May 2017 5th Center of Asia Cup - Tuva, Turan (Russia)
05 May 2017 2017 Paragliding Trip of Indonesia (TROI) 2nd series - Puncak Lawang matur (Indonesia)
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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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