|Titre||Vliegen als een vogel|
|Sous-titre||De historie van het nederlandse zweefvliegen|
|Année de publication||2020|
|Format||21 x 30 cm|
|Nombre de pages||--|
Like a lark towards the sun, a newspaper headlined in 1930 with a report about a few gliding flights on the beach and from the dune at Noordwijk. A few days later the Eerste Nederlandsche Zweefvlieg Club is founded. A club of older gentlemen. But soon there will be a Gliding Club for Young People, which will take over the initiative. And two years later we see more gliding clubs in all parts of our country. But even before that, there have been people who want to fly like a bird. The very first is a young Genie lieutenant, Willem Schukking. As early as 1908 he makes what he calls a number of jumps from De Stompert near Soest with a glider modeled on the American pioneers, the two Wright brothers. At the same time, a car driver from The Hague purchases a French plane with which he and a number of young people fly into the dunes near the residence. They and others are already flying with gliders before the first motorized plane in the Netherlands has lifted off the ground. The book gives an impression of this in text and photos. Also discussed are the gliding flights of Dutch aircraft manufacturer Anthony Fokker in Germany and England in the twenties of the last century.
After 1930, gliding underwent a fairly rapid expansion, partly made possible by a National Aviation Fund that was set up after KLM's Pelican Flight of 1934. Training courses are better structured. Attention is also paid to private initiatives. NV Aircraft Construction in Deventer builds gliders under license, but also designs and builds its own aircraft. The period of war has been an interruption in the development of the sport. But immediately afterwards, the construction is resumed at national level and by the gliding clubs themselves. As the first order after the war years, Fokker builds 72 gliders ranging from simple trainers to high-quality aircraft. The government subsidizes because gliding is seen as an important breeding ground from which future pilots can emerge in the period of construction of military and commercial aviation. On behalf of the national KNVvL as well as by private individuals, own gliders are built and tested such as the
KNVvL-491 and the T-10 and T-20 combination. There will be no series production and after that the flights will mainly be carried out with aircraft from Schleicher, one of the leading glider manufacturers in Germany. The Sagitta of NV Aircraft Construction, a good glider in the standard class, came into series production in the sixties of the last century. In the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world, some of these aircraft still fly, now as classic cars.
Here ends my story about the first sixty years of gliding in the Netherlands. The story of the construction period, even after the war when we had not yet reached the luxury of today. The Association of Historic Gliders with over 300 enthusiastic members, which is affiliated with the international Vintage Glider Club, is committed to preserving these oldtimers in airworthy condition for the future. VHZ organizes flight camps and takes part in international meetings.
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