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Latest FAI World Record Claims

13 August 2014 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Race Time in Competition (100 laps): 136 : 3 min 0.6 sec Sergey Dozhidaev (RUS)
12 August 2014 Microlights and paramotors : Precision Circuit in the Shortest Time ("Japanese Slalom") : 64.9 sec Kirill Ekimov (RUS)
11 August 2014 Microlights and paramotors : Precision Circuit in the Shortest Time ("Japanese Slalom") : 41.2 sec Frederic Mallard (FRA)
11 August 2014 Microlights and paramotors : Precision Circuit in the Shortest Time ("Japanese Slalom") : 60.0 sec Coralie Mateos (FRA)
10 August 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 805 km/h Larry D. Mccarroll (USA)
10 August 2014 Parachuting : Accuracy Landing with 0.02 metre disc : 5 cons. Landings + 0.03 m Bonifac Hajek (CZE)
10 August 2014 Parachuting : Largest head-up formation : 4 parachutists
10 August 2014 Parachuting : Largest head-up formation : 4 parachutists
10 August 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a 15 km course : 110.31 km/h Klaus Ohlmann (GER)
31 July 2014 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 128 km/h Guy Bechtold (LUX)
28 July 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 260.00 km/h Elliot D. Seguin (USA)
27 July 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km : 77.94 km/h Klaus Ohlmann (GER)
26 July 2014 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Distance in a straight line: 149 : 17.8 km Vladimir Kiselev (RUS)
19 July 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 480.00 km/h Travis P. Holland (USA)
19 July 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude : 6376 m Klaus Ohlmann (GER)
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12th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - Brussels (BEL) 1923

Start: Brussels, September 23rd, 4 p.m.        

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

This will be the race, in which the attendant circumstances were to be more reported than about the flight itself. If this would have been the third victory in a series for Belgium (without the interruption by Switzerland in 1921), the 1923 Gordon Bennett Race could have been the last one. Who would have tried to set it up again, if five competitors had met death in the previous race?

Until 1998 no Gordon-Bennett-Race was cancelled or even postponed because of weather conditions. Snowstorms and rain often have struck the pilots with a lot of stress. It also often took days, until the first signs of life reached the championship organisation after landing and, let's remember 1908, sometimes it was believed, that some competitors had not survived the flight. But it had always ended well. 1923 became the most tragic of all competitions.

21 balloons were inflated in bright sunshine on the already known Solbosch plain near Bruxelles. The stands and places for spectators were well crowded, it is told, more than 100.000 people had been there. The wind wasn't very strong in the beginning, but quite gusty. Launch preparations were on the run, when the sky darkened and a heavy thunderstorm came up. Lightening flashed through the clouds, soon rain clattered down in heavy drops, followed by hail. Three teams from Italy and one from Poland (entered for the first time) declared, not to launch under these circumstances. Looking back, they made the right decision.

At about 4 p.m. PICARDIE launched first, flown by the Belgium Veenstra, who had been the second man in the basket of Demuyter the year before. It was the same balloon that had won the race for France with Bienaime in 1912. The Spanish balloon DURO followed with Guillen/Sierra. At the take-off of the third balloon, the first misfortune happened. U.S. ARMY S.6 was not exactly balanced, did not get enough altitude at the right time and hit VILLE DE BRUXELLES with its basket. The basket got caught in the net and tore it from the equator up to the vent. So the Belgium Labrousse also stayed on the ground, the year before he had been fourth. But that was not all of the mishaps at the launch. The balloon of the "eternal second" Honeywell, US ARMY was obviously filled too full. At about 5 p.m., a gust of wind shook the balloon so strongly, that it burst still on the ground. Honeywell, already in the basket, said afterwards: "This should have been my sixth Gordon Bennett Race, but fate said no".

With this wind it might have been very difficult for the launch crews to level out the balloons. Overall, all lifted only slowly and then had to dump a lot of ballast immediately to prevent them from crashing against the nearby houses. In the rush, whole sandbags flew overboard. It is a miracle, that no spectator, who stayed there in spite of the thunderstorm, got hurt. They did not see anything from the disasters that followed now for the balloons had already gone out of sight. First it met the Spanish balloon POLAR. After half an hour of flight he was above Heist op den Berg, when a flash of lightening struck its envelope, set the gas on fire and sent him burning back to earth. Co-pilot Penaranda did not survive the fall, Gomez was lucky, he survived, both legs broken. 40 minutes later a flash of lightening struck the Swiss balloon GENF with the pilots von Grüningen and Wehren. Both met death when the burning balloon sank to earth at Moll. The same happened to the Americans Olmstead and Choptaw, killed by lightening near Moerdyck.

There was no radio on board in those days. The other competitors got no news of the tragic occurrences if they had not seen them by themselves. They had to deal with the awful weather alone and landed very soon after short flights between 50 and 300 kilometres, mostly in the Netherlands, where the Spanish Magdalena/Baselga destroyed a high tension power line, but stood unhurt. Only four balloons reached longer distances. The Englishmen Spencer and Berry with their balloon MARGARET were pulled out of the sea 20 miles north of Skagen/Denmark. Swiss Armbruster with Dr.Bachmann in the basket of HELVETIA landed at Flensburg, close to the Baltic Sea. The Belgian balloons PICARDIE and BELGICA crossed the Sund flew deep into Sweden. Demuyter and his co-pilot Coeckelbergh still 150 kilometres more than Veenstra and Quersin. Demuyter had gained his third victory! Let us read his report:

report Demuyter

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