Right:  “Rhön  Segelflug Wettbewerb 1934”  A rare painted and
stamped metal tinnie.  The aluminum border edge of the piece
bears the inscription which translates to “Rhön Glider Competition
1934”. The tinnie is in very clean condition, with the reverse
lightly toned and the original pin and catch in excellent condition.
Left:  Two early to mid 1930's glider stick-pins, which were
handed out for donations given to support gliding activities at
various events.  Often times, young boys would hold donation
boxes and any time someone made a donation, they would be
given one of these pins.  The pins would be worn on their attire
to show they had donated to the event.  A standard donation
would secure the pin on the left, while a larger donation would
secure the more elaborate pin on the right, with the "sun" in
the background.
Left:  This stickpin is from a Segelflieger's
Flying day held at Feldberg in 1932.  A recent
addition to my collection, the stickpin retains a
large amount of its original finish and is maker
marked on the reverse with very small lettering.  
Really a beautiful pin with a beautiful gold finish.
Above:  A 1933 dated postcard in
my collection depicting Robert
Kronfeld (May 5, 1904 - February
12, 1948). Kronfeld was an
Austrian gliding champion and
sailplane designer of the 1920s
and 30s.
Three original postcards in my collection, showing the
Fliegerdenkmal at Wasserkuppe.  The above postcard is postmarked
June 10, 1930.  The postcard to the upper left is postmarked May
4, 1943, the postcard shown to the lower left is unused, but is
stamped on the reverse with a beautiful Wasserkupper Rhön stamp
shown below).  All three postcards show a terrific view of the
Fliegerdenkmal which dominates this world famous soaring site.
Early Soaring Items:  (Not Military Related)                                       
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Das Fliegerdenkmal/Rhön:                                                 
Wasserkuppe Rhon stamp found on reverse of postcard
to the left.
Left:  A modern view of the eagle (Adler) that resides at
the top of the Fliegerdenkmal.  As indicated on the NSFK
page, the Fliegerdenkmal is often referred to as a "Nazi"
site.  This memorial was in fact erected in 1923, pre-Nazi
era, and was erected as a memorial dedicated to WWI
German fliers who had perished.  The second photo shows a
modern view of the memorial located at the base of the
Left:  This is an original autograph of
famed glider pilot, Robert Kronfeld.  
This postcard is postmarked January
21, 1933 and has a nice, solid
autograph of Robert Kronfeld as
shown.  Terrific historical autograph
from the world or soaring.  As
indicated under the photograph to the
far left, Kronfeld died in February of
The items shown below are pieces from my collection.  These items relate to the early years of soaring (gliding) and are added on
this page for soaring enthusiasts to enjoy along with the military items shown above.  These items are
NOT for sale.
Above:  Another pre-war postcard showing Robert Kronfeld standing next to his famous glider, Austria II.  Shown to
the right is the reverse of the postcard with the numerous stamps along with the specialized Kronfeld stamp.  Like
the other Kronfeld postcard in my collection, the postcard is dated 1933.
Left:  A 1932 dated postal cover commemorating the
Third Annual National Gliding and Soaring Contest, held in
Elmira, New York, July 11 to July 24, 1932 by the Soaring
Society of America.  Interesting early American soaring
item commemorating an event of the still strong Soaring
Society of America.
"If flying were the language of man, then soaring would be its
Left:  A late 1930's photograph in my collection
showing a government sponsored soaring event
at Wasserkuppe.  Gliders are lines up along the
left side of the photograph, leading to the
launch point.  In the far background on the right
seen from a distance.  
Left:  A late 1930's postcard in my
collection showing a "Segelflug" in
flight near the Fliegerdenkmal.  
Often incorrectly referred to as a
Nazi monument, this is a memorial
erected in 1923, pre-Nazi era, that
was a memorial to German Fliers
from WWI.  To the right is a photo
showing a modern view of the eagle
(Adler) on top of the monument.  This
area was a popular gliding site for the
A gorgeous, unused, pre-war postcard showing a glider soaring into the
sunset.  Numerous gliders can be seen soaring in the background.
A late 1930's glider in flight, another
original photograph.
Two distinguished looking gentlemen out for a day of soaring!
An early glider pilot preparing to soar.  
This photograph shows the early flight gear
worn by these daring pilots.
An unidentified pilot in the cockpit of his early glider.  The
reverse of this original photograph is dated March or May 7,
1933.  Interesting details showing the cramped conditions of
these early glider.  Also of interest is the unidentified
armband of the male in the foreground, possibly indicating
some kind of competition taking place.
Right:  An autographed photo of Wolf Hirth.  Wolfram Kurt
Erhard Hirth was a German gliding pioneer and sailplane
designer.  He was a co-founder of Schempp-Hirth, one of the
most renowned sailplane manufacturers in the world today.

Hirth took up gliding and was soon drawn to the Wasserkuppe,
earning his pilot's licence in 1920.  In 1924, Hirth lost a leg in a
motorcycle accident. From then on, he would fly while wearing a
wooden prosthesis.

Wolf Hirth and Martin Schempp founded “Sportflugzeugbau
Schempp-Hirth”.  The company's first real success was the Gö
3 Minimoa, a gull wing design that was used to break several
world records and win championships around the world.

He had a heart attack while flying his aerobatic glider in 1959
and died in the subsequent crash.
The C.E. Daniel Collection