It is a pleasure for us as the organizing team of the 36th World Gliding Championships in
18m, 20m and Open Class, to officially invite you to the event through this Invitation
Only 24 years after the glider pioneer Otto Lilienthal was fatally injured with his glider on August 9, 1896, the first Gliding Competition was organized at the Wasserkuppe, a mountain within the Rhön in beautiful Hessen, Germany.
In August 1920 pioneers from all over the country met to fly distances of about 400 meters.
Attendees were (based on the Flugsport no. 14):
At that time, it was possible for pilots to be registered for more than one glider.
Shortly after the first competition, the following ones 1922 and 1925 were already setting new records fast like with a flight duration of an hour (1922) or distances of 22 km (1925).
Over the years, competition became more advanced – not only technically – but also mentally. Now competitions reach speed records within different glider classes that reach thousand astonishing average speeds.
With this in mind, the most important focus – beyond reaching top performances – should stay on reaching the highest safety to keep this sophisticated sport as fascinating as it is.
For more infos and some videos feel free to visit our 100-Years-of-Gliding-Page!
Hours, and hours and almost every weekend during this winter our team is working hard to prepare the airfield to its best form ever.
With an area of about 500.000 square meters it could not be done in a day. Big machinery was driven up by local farmers to loosen the top layer of the floor. The next steps was to straighten the area and level it afterwards. In between, hundreds of big wacker stones from the last ice age needed to be removed by hand and excavators. The Orga team had lots of fun.
The final steps were to lime and saw new grass. We are now waiting for the seeds to grow.
This time with the official Final Day of the 35th FAI World Gliding Championships 2018 in Poland on August 1st 2018. Celebrate with us to keep the Competition going. Stendal is welcoming all athletes and their teams, volunteers, visitors from all nations around the globe! Join us in 2020!