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One year ago today: Russian Fedor Konyukhov completes around the world tour

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FAI European Gliding Championships -

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: First Category Event

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: Continental Championship

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Club Class
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Place

: Moravská Třebová (Czech Rep.)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 06 Aug 2017


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The World Games - The World Games

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: 9933    

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1631

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: First Category Event

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: The World Games

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:

Canopy Piloting

Place

: Wroclaw (Poland)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 30 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.theworldgames2017.com/


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The World Games - The World Games

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: 9934    

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1631

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: First Category Event

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: The World Games

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:

Unlimited Aerobatics (Glider)

Place

: Wroclaw (Poland)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 30 Jul 2017

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:http://www.wroclaw.pl/the-world-games-2017


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The World Games - The World Games

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1631

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: First Category Event

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: The World Games

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Paramotor classes

Place

: Wroclaw (Poland)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 30 Jul 2017

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FAI F3 World Championships for Model Helicopters -

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: 10641    

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294

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: First Category Event

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: World Championship

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F3C (Helicopters) - seniors
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: Wloclawek (Poland)

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: 22 Jul to 29 Jul 2017

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:http://www.rcheli-wchs2017.pl


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FAI F3K World Championship for Model Gliders -

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: 11400    

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308

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: First Category Event

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: World Championship

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:

F3K (Hand Launch Gliders) - seniors
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: Lviv (Ukraine)

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: 23 Jul to 29 Jul 2017

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:http://wch2017.f3k.in.ua


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International German Open -

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: 11912    

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266

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: Other

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: Altes Lager (Germany)

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: 22 Jul to 28 Jul 2017

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Hungarian, Lithuanian & Slovenian Open -

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301

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

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: Zelezniki (Slovenia)

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: 23 Jul to 29 Jul 2017

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:http://www.klub-krokar.si


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Pré-European 2018 / Portuguese National Championship -

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1662

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: Other

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Cross Country

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: Montalegre (Portugal)

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: 22 Jul to 29 Jul 2017

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:http://events.fpvl.pt/pre-euro2018


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ltalian Hang Gliding Open Championship -

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: 12051    

Bid:

277

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

class 1 Cross country
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: Sigillo (Italy)

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: 22 Jul to 27 Jul 2017

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:http://www.vololiberomontecucco.it/vlmc/index.php


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MAntar XC Open - Exhibition Event of ACPA -

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: 12212    

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273

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

Cross Country

Place

: Sumbawa Barat (Indonesia)

Date(s)

: 18 Jul to 24 Jul 2017

Alternate dates

: 17 Jul 2017

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:http://www.mantar-xcopen2017.com


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British Open UK -

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: 12221    

Bid:

309

Event classification

: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

Cross Country

Place

: Malverns (United Kingdom)

Date(s)

: 23 Jul to 29 Jul 2017

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:http://pgcomps.org.uk


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Peñon Summertime -

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: 12224    

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286

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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class 1 - sport class Cross Country

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: El Peñon, Valle de Bravo (Mexico)

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: 19 Jul to 27 Jul 2017

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Canadian Paragliding Nationals -

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: 12241    

Bid:

251

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

Cross Country

Place

: Pemberton (Canada)

Date(s)

: 23 Jul to 29 Jul 2017

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:http://s2spg.com/nationals


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Czech and FYR of Macedonia Open -

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264

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: Other

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Cross Country

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: Krusevo (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia)

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: 23 Jul to 29 Jul 2017


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24 July 2017 2017 Сup of Yutsa-MAI - Yutsa (Russia)
25 July 2017 2017 FAI F1 Junior European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft - Prilep (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia)
25 July 2017 2017 FAI F3D World Championship for Pylon Racing Model Aircraft - Dala-Järna (Sweden)
25 July 2017 8th Ali Dagi Cup XC Open - Kayseri (Turkey)
26 July 2017 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 2 Championship - Aspres sur Buech (France)
26 July 2017 2017 Turkish Paragliding Accuracy League - Erzincan - Turkey - Erzincan (Turkey)
27 July 2017 10th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships - Pociunai, Kaunas (Lithuania)
27 July 2017 2017 Yangel Cup - Dnipropetrovs'k (Ukraine)
27 July 2017 20th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships - Torun (Poland)
27 July 2017 8th FAI World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships - Torun (Poland)
27 July 2017 2017 Palz - Alsace - Open - Le Treh, Fellering (France)
27 July 2017 2017 Spanish Paragliding Open Ager - Ager (Spain)
27 July 2017 2017 Junior Qualification Competition - Stölln /Rhinow (Germany)
27 July 2017 2017 Ozrenaline XC Doboj - Gostilj (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
28 July 2017 19th Belarusian Open Helicopter Championship and World Cup stage 4 - Minsk (Belarus)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

16 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 1 000 km : 157,00 km/h Keith Essex (NZL)
14 July 2017 Gliding : Out-and-return distance : 1 149,6 km Gilles Navas (FRA)
14 July 2017 Gliding : Free out-and-return distance : 1 149,6 km Gilles Navas (FRA)
03 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 156,00 km/h Sibylle Andresen (GER)
03 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 156,00 km/h Sibylle Andresen (GER)
01 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 300 km : 162 km/h Marek Malolepszy (POL)
23 June 2017 Parachuting : - : 43 skydivers
19 June 2017 Microlights and paramotors : Altitude : 5 700 m Julien Barbier (FRA)
11 June 2017 Microlights and paramotors : Distance over a closed circuit without landing : 222,4 km Paulo Sergio Seabra (BRA)
11 June 2017 Microlights and paramotors : Distance over a closed circuit without landing : 222,4 km Cesar dos Santos Medeiros (BRA)
09 June 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a closed circuit of 2 000 km without payload : 480,00 km/h John S. Brush (USA)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Speed : 324,4 km/h Dawid Winczewski (POL)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Speed : 324,4 km/h Dawid Winczewski (POL)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 5, 137 km Alexey Galda (USA)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 5,192 km Anastasis Polykarpou (CYP)
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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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