German sailplane enthusiasts competing in the 1922 Rhön gliding contest, fly gliders from the Wasserkuppe Hill in Germany.
Germany Date:1922 Duration:1 min 16 sec Sound:NO SOUND
German glider pilots with sailplanes compete in the Rhön gliding contest at the Wasserkuppe Hill in Germany. Baron Von Freyberg is seen settling himself at the controls of a Harth-Messerschmitt glider. Next, the glider is launched and those pushing it off duck for cover as it ascends. It flies well but fairly low above the ground. Another scene shows the glider with men holding each wing tip as they run to launch it. But the glider doesn't develop enough speed and lift, to make it off the ground. Views of another glider, the Besenstiel (Broomstick), built by Schoolmaster Ferdinand Schulz, using bed sheets and broomsticks.The camera pans around the glider showing details of its construction. (It was judged too fragile to be allowed in the competition.) Another glider is launched and appears to fly quite successfully. Teams of participants are seen pulling gliders back up the hill after flights.
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