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Rola.
08-28-2004, 06:57 AM
Today (August 28th) Poland celebrates its Aviation Day. This date is the anniversary of Polish victory in Challenge International d'Avions de Tourisme 1932 (European touring aircraft contest).

This edition was organized by German Aeroclub and the contest was held in Berlin. On the opening day, August 12th, 43 crews arrived: representing Germany, France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Poland (this included also Canadian, Romanian and British pilots - <- the last one was the sole woman in the contest).

Poles were in the lead from the first trial: the technical test, where RWD-6 and PZL-19 scored the most points. Close behind them were very good Italian planes, Breda Ba-33 and Czechoslovakian Praga BH-111. Other featured aircraft were German Klemm Kl 32, Heinkel He 64c, Darmstadt D-22 and Raka RK-25/32; French Guerchais T-9, Farman F-350 and F-234 accompanied by Caudron C-278, Potez-43 and Maubossin M-12; Swiss Comte AC-12E, another Italian Breda-15S and "guest star" - American Monocoupe 110.

But the main feature of the contest was the rally around Europe: 7363km in 7 days, the route led through Berlin, Warszawa, Krak√¬≥w, Praha, Brno, Vienna, Zagreb, Postuma, Vicenza, Rimini, Rome, Firenze, Bellinzone, Torino, Albenga, Imperia, Cannes, Lyon, St.Gallen, Stuttgart, Bonn, Paris, Deauville, Rotterdam, Dortmund, Hamburg, Kopenhagen, Laholm, Goeteborg and back to Berlin.
Even though Heinkels proved to be very good in this trial, Poles didn't lost their position in the ladder.

The crew of lieutenant Franciszek Zwirko (from 1. Air Regiment) and Stanislaw Wigura (one of the RWD designers working in DWL, the Experimental Aviation Workshop) flying the RWD-6 emerged victorious.

Unfortunately, the brave airmen run out of luck pretty quickly: they died in an aircrash on September 11th.

Poland was the organizer of the next Challenge edition - 1934.

"September 1939" for "BoB" --- coming to a PC near you
www.9-1939.pl (http://www.9-1939.pl)

[This message was edited by Skibicki on Sat August 28 2004 at 06:07 AM.]

Rola.
08-28-2004, 06:57 AM
Today (August 28th) Poland celebrates its Aviation Day. This date is the anniversary of Polish victory in Challenge International d'Avions de Tourisme 1932 (European touring aircraft contest).

This edition was organized by German Aeroclub and the contest was held in Berlin. On the opening day, August 12th, 43 crews arrived: representing Germany, France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Poland (this included also Canadian, Romanian and British pilots - &lt;- the last one was the sole woman in the contest).

Poles were in the lead from the first trial: the technical test, where RWD-6 and PZL-19 scored the most points. Close behind them were very good Italian planes, Breda Ba-33 and Czechoslovakian Praga BH-111. Other featured aircraft were German Klemm Kl 32, Heinkel He 64c, Darmstadt D-22 and Raka RK-25/32; French Guerchais T-9, Farman F-350 and F-234 accompanied by Caudron C-278, Potez-43 and Maubossin M-12; Swiss Comte AC-12E, another Italian Breda-15S and "guest star" - American Monocoupe 110.

But the main feature of the contest was the rally around Europe: 7363km in 7 days, the route led through Berlin, Warszawa, Krak√¬≥w, Praha, Brno, Vienna, Zagreb, Postuma, Vicenza, Rimini, Rome, Firenze, Bellinzone, Torino, Albenga, Imperia, Cannes, Lyon, St.Gallen, Stuttgart, Bonn, Paris, Deauville, Rotterdam, Dortmund, Hamburg, Kopenhagen, Laholm, Goeteborg and back to Berlin.
Even though Heinkels proved to be very good in this trial, Poles didn't lost their position in the ladder.

The crew of lieutenant Franciszek Zwirko (from 1. Air Regiment) and Stanislaw Wigura (one of the RWD designers working in DWL, the Experimental Aviation Workshop) flying the RWD-6 emerged victorious.

Unfortunately, the brave airmen run out of luck pretty quickly: they died in an aircrash on September 11th.

Poland was the organizer of the next Challenge edition - 1934.

"September 1939" for "BoB" --- coming to a PC near you
www.9-1939.pl (http://www.9-1939.pl)

[This message was edited by Skibicki on Sat August 28 2004 at 06:07 AM.]

LStarosta
08-28-2004, 09:52 PM
Thanks for the heads-up, Rola!

Do you know if there was anything done in Krakow's Polish Aviation Museum to commemorate this? Or elsewhere, like Deblin?

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