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Solar Impulse Lands in Nanjing After Flight Across China - World Records Ratified By FAI

Bertrand Piccard landed the fuel-free aircraft Solar Impulse in Nanjing, East of China, on Tuesday a...

FAI Environmental Commission Newsletter - April 2015

The FAI Environmental Commission has been acting quietly for years, considering and preparing advice...

FAI Invites Nominations for the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award

We are now calling for nominations for the FAI-Breitling Awards for 2015: the Breitling Milestone Tr...

Solar Impulse Reaches Chongqing, China

Bertrand Piccard, who was at the controls of Solar Impulse, successfully landed at the Chongqing Jia...

FAI Annual Report: 2014 Edition Is Out!

We are thrilled to share the new 2014 FAI Annual Report. In these pages you will be taken on a jour...

FAI Annual Report: 2014 Edition Is Out!

FAI Annual Report: 2014 Edition Is Out!

We are thrilled to share the new 2014 FAI Annual Report. In these pages you will be taken on a journey through the various events and activities of the Federation. View online Flipbook Download P....

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Sports and Disciplines Selected for the FAI World Air Games ....

Sports and Disciplines Selected for the FAI World Air Games ....

The FAI has today announced the list of the 11 sports and 24 disciplines selected for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. More than 1000 athletes, crews and officials will be involved in the multi air....

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FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Roll Out New Logo

FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Roll Out New Logo

The Event Organising Committee of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 unveiled the new logo for the multi air sports event during a ceremony that was held at the Skydive Marina in Dubai on Sunday nig....

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Aviation and Space World Records Anniversaries to Celebrate ....

Aviation and Space World Records Anniversaries to Celebrate ....

The first space-walk by Alexey Leonov in 1965, the first solo flight across the Pacific Ocean by Steve Fossett in 1995, the highest ballooning flight by Vijaypat Singhania in 2005, to name only a fe....

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1985-2014 : The Two Stories of the Exceptional Pilots Who Fl....

1985-2014 : The Two Stories of the Exceptional Pilots Who Fl....

The Himalaya and its vast territories, gigantic mountains, spiritual people and wild beauty have long exerted extraordinary fascination - which is far from fading. Ever since the 19th century when Eu....

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Interview with Pierre Duval, President of the FAI Environmental Commis....

Interview with Pierre Duval, President of the FAI Environmental Commis....

Frenchman Pierre Duval, 50, is the new President of the FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) since his election by the Delegates during the last annual meeting of the Commission in February 2013. He ....

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Tony Iberler, youngest pilot ever to participate in a world helicopter....

Tony Iberler, youngest pilot ever to participate in a world helicopter....

Tony Iberler qualified as an Helicopter Pilot in Germany on his 17th birthday, one year before he can legally drive a car. In 2012, still aged 17, he was selected as a member of the German National T....

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Interview with John Dickenson, recipient of the FAI Gold Air Medal

Interview with John Dickenson, recipient of the FAI Gold Air Medal

At the 2012 FAI Awards Ceremony held yesterday in Antalya, Turkey, John Dickenson was presented with the FAI Gold Air Medal by FAI President John Grubbström for his great contribution to the developm....

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Maxim Sotnikov (RUS): Helicopter Pilot

Maxim Sotnikov (RUS): Helicopter Pilot

Although Maxim Sotnikov learned to fly helicopters only 6 years ago, he is already one of the world’s best pilots and will be one to watch at the 14th FAI World Helicopter Championship that will t....

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Pál Tákats (HUN): Paragliding Aerobatics Champion

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At 16 years old, Pál knew that paragliding was going to be more than just the next new hobby sport for him. Dedicating his time to flying from the day he left school, he and his young and talented Hu....

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11 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 848.00 km/h Daniel G. Raffaelli (USA)
08 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 225.00 km/h William E. Dubois (USA)
05 April 2015 Gliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 1 000 km : 255.00 km/h James M. Payne (USA)
05 April 2015 Gliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 1 000 km : 255.00 km/h James M. Payne (USA)
05 April 2015 Gliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 500 km : 255.00 km/h James M. Payne (USA)
05 April 2015 Parachuting : Drag Distance 70 m : 168.30 m Christopher Teague (RSA)
05 April 2015 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 2,434 sec Christopher Teague (RSA)
05 April 2015 Parachuting : Drag Distance 70 m : 168.30 m Christopher Teague (RSA)
03 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude : 11293 m Jonathan M. Flowers (USA)
03 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude in horizontal flight : 11290 m Jonathan M. Flowers (USA)
03 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude with 35 000 kg payload : 11293 m Jonathan M. Flowers (USA)
03 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude with 40 000 kg payload : 11293 m Jonathan M. Flowers (USA)
03 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude with 45 000 kg payload : 11293 m Jonathan M. Flowers (USA)
03 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude with 50 000 kg payload : 11293 m Jonathan M. Flowers (USA)
03 April 2015 Powered Aeroplanes : Altitude with 60 000 kg payload : 11293 m Jonathan M. Flowers (USA)
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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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