The N.S.F.K. (National Socialist Flying Corps) was created in January of 1932, to promote interest in aviation throughout
Germany.  It was a male dominated association, although females were not discouraged from participating in events.  The
NSFK was very closely associated with the Hitler Youth (HJ) organization.  Events by the NSFK involved model building
with flying competitions of the completed projects, educational classes related to aeronautics followed by building and flying
actual glider aircraft.  Glider flying was the mainstay activity of the NSFK, although ballooning and balloon competitions
were also held by the NSFK.  As with most NSDAP organizations, sporting events of all kinds were popular and
encouraged within the ranks of the NSFK.  Essentially, the NSFK was divided into three sections - powered flight, gliders
and ballooning.  The NSFK also operated a ski school at Zell-am-See in Austria.
The NSFK utilized nearly 4000 glider flying sites throughout Germany.  The NSFK owned a total of sixteen gliding/aviation
schools and four larger State Soaring Schools (Reichssegelschulen).  The most famous of these soaring schools was one on
the Wasserkuppe in the Rhon mountains, an area where the Fliegerdenkmal had been erected as a memorial to Germany's
WWI fliers.  (See the "Riedel Grouping page" for more information on Wasserkuppe and the Fliegerdenkmal.)
Following the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, a Fuhrer decree incorporated the NSFK as a legal corporation into the Reich,
and subsequently disbanded another aeronautical organization, the DLV (Deutsche Luftsport Verband).  Led by a
Korpsfuhrer, the first was Friedrich Christiansen, the NSFK continued its aeronautical educational focus and aviation events
including model flight competitions, glider competitions and flying days were held throughout Germany.  Membership in
the NSFK was voluntary and exclusive.  Members of the NSFK were prohibited from being members of other associations or
groups such as the SS, the SA or the NSKK.  
Although participation in the NSFK could eventually lead to a pilots license, this license was not recognized by the
Luftwaffe.  An NSFK pilot would still need to complete flight training with the German Luftwaffe to become a Luftwaffe
pilot.  In most cases, NSFK aircraft and gliders had to share airfield space with Luftwaffe units and squadrons.  There is no
doubt that many future Luftwaffe pilots got their training and interest in aviation from participation in the NSFK.  It is
estimated that over 16,000 gliders were produced by Germany during WWII.  At the age of 14, NSFK members or Hitler
Youth members could begin their training toward earning their glider pilots rating.

This page is being produced to show a small sample of NSFK items in my collection.  There are a number of other
websites on the internet that provide a much greater amount of detail relating to the history of the NSFK and the DLV.  
All of the items and photographs shown on this page are original items in my collection and are
NOT for sale.
To the left:  A photograph from a wartime publication in my collection showing the first
NSFK leader, Korpsfuhrer Friedrich Christiansen.  Christriansen was a distinguished
WWI ace and naval aviator, a former merchant seaman and winner of the Pour Le Merite.
 He was given the rank of Generalleutnant in the Luftwaffe and was subordinate to the
Reichs Minister for Air Travel.  Having a close association with Luftwaffe chief Herman
Goring ultimately helped Christiansen climb the military ladder and he was eventually
promoted to the rank of General der Flieger and was placed in command of the Military
Administration of the Occupied Netherlands.  
Above:  A small document grouping to an HJ/NSFK member and glider pilot, Manfred Hartung.  Hartunhg, born in November of
1923, joined the DJ (Duetsches Jungvolk - for boys aged 10 to 14 years old) then joined the Flieger HJ (flying branch of the
Hitler Youth) in April of 1938.  The items above are his NSFK flying logbook (dated March 19, 1939) showing him in his HJ
uniform, and his glider pilots license (Luftfahrerfchein fur Segelflugzeugfuhrer) which is dated October 13, 1941.  The flight log
book shows that between March 1939 and July 1941, Hartung made a total of 126 glider flights in numerous types of gliders and
ultimately achieved all three levels of the Civil Glider Proficiency badge.  The log book also indicates he was assigned to
Gruppe 7, based in Elbe-Saale (Dresden).  
(Click on any of the photos for a more detailed view.)
Above:  Another small NSFK grouping in my collection.  This three document grouping belonged to Helmut Keller, born August
9, 1915.  The grouping consists of Keller's DLV Flight log book (red cover), Keller's NSFK ausweis (identity document) for his
"B" certificate and his NSFK ausweis for his "C" certificate.  All three documents have Keller's official identity photograph.  
Keller's DLV flight log book shows that he made 70 flights in various types of gliders and the opening page is stamped and
signed by an NSFK Obersturmfuhrer.  The log book also indicates that this is Keller's fourth log book, indicating that he had
most likely been involved in gliding for many years and had made many more flights than shown in this single log book.  The
DLV book is well filled out and well stamped throughout.  
In studying the other two documents, it appears that Keller was awarded his "B" certificate in April of 1939 and went on to earn
his "C" certificate in December of 1941.  A close look at Keller's photograph in his "C" certificate shows him wearing the
Luftwaffe uniform which displays his having been awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class.
Civil Lapel Badge for NSFK Members:  Shown to the left
is a Civil lapel badge for NSFK members.  Issued for wear on
civilian clothing, this was either a pin-back, stick-pin or button
hole mounted pin, that generally had a 24mm wingspan and
was 19mm in height.  This is the stick-pin version, shown with
knurled pin, common trait of stick-pins of the era.
NSFK Sponsoring Members Badge:  Shown to the right is
a close-up of a NSFK Sponsoring Members Lapel Badge
which was issued for wear to German nationals, over the age
of 18, who contributed regular monthly contributions to the
NSFK.  Somewhat resembling the civil lapel badge for
members, this pin had a wingspan of 24mm and was 21mm
in height.  The obvious difference from the civil lapel badge
for members is the extended arm around the bottom of this
pin.  The "F" at the bottom stands for Forderer (Sponsor).
NSFK Sponsoring Members Badge:  
Shown to the left is a close-up of the
stick-pin version of a NSFK Sponsoring
Members Lapel Badge.  This is exactly
the same as the NSFK Sponsoring
Members Badge shown above, just in
the stick-pin version.  The small "F",
which stands for Forderer (Sponsor)
can be clearly seen at the bottom
center portion of the badge.   The
reverse image shows that the stick-pin
is clearly marked and shows minor
damage from honest use and wear.
NSFK Enlisted Insignia:  Shown above are two examples in my
collection of NSFK enlisted ranks breast insignia, as worn on the various
NSFK uniforms.  Placement of this insignia on the uniforms, work
coveralls and flight coveralls changed throughout the history of the
organization.  The example on the right is the grey backed version while
the one on the left is the tan backed version.  Both original to the era.  
Right:  An original photo in my collection of an instructor, the breast
insignia is clearly shown.  Left:  An original photo in my collection of an
NSFK member.
Right:  This is an example of a third pattern, NSFK cap
eagle of the German national emblem.  Research indicates
that there were three patterns of cap devices used by the
NSFK during their existence.  The first pattern being an
embroidered pattern, the second and third patterns being
metal devices like the one shown to the right, with distinct
variations between the appearance of the second and third
patterns.
Above:  An original pre-war, NSFK glider pilots flying cap with period goggles.  The NSFK used a
small variety of flying headgear while flying both powered and non-powered aircraft.  The headgear
worn by the NSFK fliers ranged from simple cloth caps like the one above, to more padded leather
flight helmets and a thin metal protective flight helmet.  This particular flight cap is unmarked, in
excellent condition with three small ear holes on each side.
Above:  This is a new addition to my collection, a cased NSFK table medal celebrating a motorized flight model competition
that was held in Borkenberge (Westfalen) Germany on July 27th and 28th, 1940.  As indicated on the table medal, this
NSFK event was held in conjunction with Gruppe 10 of the NSFK, assigned to Westfalen.  The table medal is in its original
case of issue.  The medal case still retains a sticker on the underside from the maker which reads: "Hermann Wernstein,
Medaillen Plaketten, Abzeichen, Jena TEL 2921."  
Civil Gliding Proficiency Badge (Certificates A to C): (Segelfliegerabzeichen)
The International Aeronautical Federation (an organization still in existence) was responsible for issuing Certificates of
Proficiency in civil gliding.  The civil gliding proficiency badges were manufactured in an enamel version, a hand embroidered
version and a machine embroidered version.  The enameled version of the Civil Gliding Proficiency badge for authorized
certificate holders generally measured 22mm in diameter.  After 1933, a 50mm cloth version was authorized for wear on
uniforms.  The cloth version was manufactured in both silver-grey thread (machine embroidered) and a hand embroidered
version.
Requirements for the awarding of each certificate was as follows:
Certificate A (one gull):  a 30 second solo free flight without maneuvers.
Certificate B (two gulls):  a 60 second solo free flight with an "S" turn maneuver.
Certificate C (three gulls):  a 5 minute solo flight without loss of altitude, plus an oral examination.  The holder of this certificate
was experienced in the difference between gliding and soaring.
Shown to the left is the enameled version of the "C" certificate for gliding
proficiency.  This is the button holed version for wear with civilian attire and
is serial numbered "8949" on the reverse.
Shown to the right is another example of the enameled version of the "C"
certificate for gliding proficiency in my collection.  This is the button holed
version and is serial numbered "11225" on the reverse.
Shown to the left is the enameled version of the "B" certificate for
gliding proficiency.  This is the button holed version for wear with
civilian attire and is serial numbered "83705" on the reverse side.
Shown to the right is the enameled version of the "A" certificate for
gliding proficiency.  This is the button holed version for wear with
civilian attire and is serial numbered "80868" on the reverse side.
Shown to the left is another example of the enameled version of the "A" certificate
for gliding proficiency.  This is the button holed version for wear with civilian attire
and is serial numbered "121201" on the reverse side.
Shown to the left is a mint version of the hand
embroidered "C" Certificate of the Civil Glider Proficiency
award.  This one, original to the period, appears to have
never been used and is complete with backing as applied
when it was produced, on blue-grey wool backing.
Shown to the left is another mint version of the hand
embroidered "C" certificate of the Civil Glider Proficiency
award.  This one, original to the period, appears to have
never been used and is complete with backing as applied
when it was produced, on blue-grey wool backing.  A
slight variation from the example above.
Shown to the left is a hand embroidered "B" Certificate of
the Civil Gliding Proficiency award.  This one is also an
original era piece and appears to have been removed
from a uniform after being worn.  This badge is also
produced on the blue-grey wool backing.
Shown to the left is a hand embroidered "A" certificate of
the Civil Gliding Proficiency award.  This is an original
era piece that appears almost unissued on the blue-grey
wool backing.
Left: This is a beautiful example of a machine embroidered "C"
certificate for glider proficiency.  This is a very good to mint example that
is original WWII era.  
Right:  This is a WWII era example of a machine embroidered "B"
certificate.  This is a war time example that appears not to have been
used and is a recent addition to my collection.
Shown to the right is a stick-pin for NSFK members who
had been awarded the Civil Glider Proficiency Badge
Level C (three gulls) in the enameled version.  This
stick-pin was intended for wear while in civilian attire,
as opposed to the button holed version shown above.
Shown to the left is a stick-pin for NSFK members who
had been awarded the Civil Glider Proficiency Badge
Level A (one gull) in the enameled version.  This
stick-pin was intended for wear while in civilian attire,
as opposed to the button holed version shown above.
Above:  A 1939 dated pamphlet from Gruppe 11 of
the NSFK.  This pamphlet is approximately 40 pages
and details the events and duties of the Gruppe 11
NSFK.  The pamphlet contains numerous
photographs of gliding and powered flight events, as
well as social gatherings and photographs of all of
the NSFK leaders as of 1939.  There are also
numerous photographs showing HJ members
building and preparing their gliders for flight and
competition.
Right:  This is a beautiful example of a color, NSFK
postcard that was manufactured to help spur an
interest in aviation.  The ME-108 depicted is clearly
soaring with ease through the skies over Germany
and was undoubtedly a brilliant way of getting young
men's interest turned toward aviation and the NSFK.  
This particular postcard in my collection was used
during the war and has writing on the reverse side.
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 NSFK.
Above and Left: This is a hand made, metal NSFK style glider
shown flying above an Art-Deco style cloud, mounted on a marble
and wood base.  This model was obtained directly from Germany.  
The item was purchased from the grandson of a wartime worker in
the Heinkel aircraft factory in Rostock.  The seller indicated that his
grandfather made this model in the model building department in the
Heinkel factory.  This was a common, leisurely practice of factory
workers in their off time.  There is no doubt based on the model, that
the NSFK gliders of the time were the inspiration for this model.  The
model has a wingspan of approximately 19 inches and stands
approximately 12 inches tall and is detailed with panel lines.
This is an original wartime era HJ (Hitler Youth) armband in my
collection, as worn by HJ members and commonly seen in photographs
of HJ members participating in NSFK activities.  This particular armband
is of multipiece construction and is complete showing honest wear and
use.  
Left:  Two WWII era German tinnies promoting German aviation or
related to a German aviation event or fund raiser.  If anyone has more
information on these particular tinnies, please contact me with the
information, I would most appreciate it.  As collectors know, WWII
German tinnies are a specific area of collecting and I was hoping to
add a few aviation related tinnies to my collection, without starting a
whole separate collection!
Above:  A very well marked postal cover with
an NSFK cancellation.  The photo to the left
shows an enlarged scan of the cancellation,
indicating it was related to the NSFK Gruppe
11, and postmarked July 30, 1939.  The
NSFK  "winged man" (Icarus) emblem is
clearly visible in the center of the cancellation.
Above:  A pre-war letter envelope postmarked February
12, 1939, with a clear NSFK cancel.  This particular letter
was canceled in the city of Salzburg.  I have five other
matching letters address to Herr Kießling, all of which
have NSFK  cancellations.  The other five envelopes
were canceled in the cities of Linz, Innsbruck, Wien,
Stuttgart and Nurnberg.  
Left:  A Third Reich era stamp from my collection.  
This one celebrating the "Segelflieger" and the work of
the NSFK.  The beautifully done stamps shows terrific
detail in displaying the model making skills of the
young men and women of the NSFK with a glider flying
in the background.
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NSFK Insignia:                                                                                                            
Like most NSDAP organizations of the period, the NSFK had no shortage of insignia worn.  However,
the main insignia associated with the NSFK is the "winged man" insignia.  This consisted of the Icarus
figure with the addition of the swastika as the German national symbol at the time.  This emblem was
used on everything from walking out uniforms to sport shirts worn by competitors during sporting
events.  
Left:
"Fur hervorragende Leistung beim 3. Deutschen
Fliegerhandwerker - Wettbewerb    Breslau, v. 3.-11. 4.
1937   Der Fuhrer der L. Ldgr. 15"

A beautiful award which was awarded for a competition
held between April 3-11, 1937 in Breslau.  This was
obtained directly from Germany and is 100% original,
including the mounting hardware and the original felt
type bottom on the underside of the award.

Much like the glider model above, this one also has
great detail applied to the metal glider with panel lines
along the wings and accurate detailing.
Right:  Two original, wartime photographs in my
collection showing General der Flieger Christiansen
during a high level visit to Bad Blankenburg.  Given
his rank at the time of these photos, the photos were
most likely taken in late 1944.  
Above:  This is an NSFK Flying Competition Official's Badge.  The badge is a heavy quality, oval metal badge measuring
33cm X 45cm and features a central enameled design of a white/silver NSFK Icarus emblem on a light blue background
above silver and black waves. The outer border features the inscription, "KUSTENFLUG 1938" and "G 6" (Coastal Flight
1938) in black enamel letters. The "G 6" designation most likely identifies the location of a ground observer along the
competition route of flight.  The reverse side of the badge is complete with attaching pin and is maker marked, "Brehmer
Markneukirchen". Badge shows natural aging with no damage to enamel and a nice patina to the reverse.
Left:  Shown to the left is an original, basic pattern of
the NSFK communications radio operator sleeve triangle
(Bordfunker-Abzeichen) , which was worn on the lower
left sleeve.  This badge was introduced in 1941.  To
earn this badge, the student must demonstrate
proficiency in radio tests and a written examination
involving electronics and physics.  In addition, the
student must also have earned at least his gliding
proficiency "B" certificate before qualifying to earn this
badge.  The badge is machine woven on a grey-blue
background.
Above:  Shown to the left is a pre-war era  postcard in my
collection, depicting the NSFK Technical Flying School in
Hannover, Germany.  The postcard indicates this was the
technical school for Gruppe 9 of the NSFK.  The postcard is
absolutely mint in condition, still having a nice glossy
appearance to the photograph on the front of the postcard.  
The postcard is unused.
Above:  A small, two document grouping in my collection.  This two document grouping belonged to Heinz Vennemann, born
August 12, 1926.  The grouping consists of Vennemann's flight log book, numbered 1 (most likely his only flight log book) and
Vennemann's NSFK Leistungsbuch (NSFK Achievement book).  
The Leistungbuch is still housed in its original, blue issue cover (see photos above) and also is issued to Heinz Vennemann.  
The Leistungbuch is filled out with a few entries and appropriate stamps showing that Vennemann attended and did complete
a few NSFK sponsored schools.  
Identifikation Papiere und Segelflugzeug Steuern Erlaubnisse:
Above:  Left:  This is an NSFK educational booklet published
in 1944.  The booklet provides detailed information to the
reader of the basic principles of flight, aerodynamics and how
the modern aircraft engine operates.  The booklet also
provides aircraft identification drawings for the JU-52, ME-210,
ME-110, FW-189, FW-200 and other Luftwaffe aircraft.  The
booklet contains a total of 117 pages.
Right:  This is a 1938 dated booklet entitled "Flight
Regulations".  An interesting booklet providing flight
regulations for NSFK members, including interaction with
Luftwaffe units and airfields.
Left/Above:  A service remembrance plaque commemorating
someone's service between 1934 and 1937.  Beautiful, vintage
plaque that measures approximately 10 1/2 x 10 inches in size.  An
all original, pre-war plaque with a detail of the placard on the
bottom of the plaque shown above.  The text on the plaque
translates as:  "Germany must become a people of fliers."  The
plaque was obtained directly from Germany and arrived in
splendid condition.
Shown to the left is another hand embroidered "A"
certificate of the Civil Gliding Proficiency award.  This is
an original era piece that appears to have been used as
it shows signs of wear on the gull and outer ring.  The
badge is on the standard blue-grey wool backing.
Shown to the right is another example of the enameled version of the "A" certificate
for gliding proficiency.  This particular badge has damage to its enamel portion,
showing the underside and construction basics of the badge.  This one is serial
numbered "77862" on the reverse side.
Above:  An extensive grouping that documents a segelflieger's career of soaring starting in 1936 and ending in 1976.  This
grouping is a new addition to my collection and once belonged to Karl Hekeler who was born on December 17, 1913.  The
grouping starts with Hekeler's first log book, his DLV (Deutches Luft Verband) log book, showing he made his first flight in April
11, 1936.  He achieved his A certificate on April 12, 1936, his B certificate on May 8, 1936 and his C certificate on August 28,
1936.   The DLV log book records he made a total of 126 flights between April 11, 1936 and June 3,1939.  
The next log book is Hekeler's NSFK log book which starts with his first entry on June 23, 1939 in a Grunau Baby IIa.  The NSFK
log book is also complete and records a total of 258 flights between June 23, 1939 and March 29, 1944.  This would give Hekeler
a total of 384 total flights that were recorded within the two log book between April 1936 and March, 1944.  An amazing amount of
flying given the war and it's progression as time passed.  The next item in the grouping is Hekeler's Segelflugzeugfuher license
issued on March 27, 1941.   All of the Third Reich issued documents are appropriately filled out, complete with Hekeler's  
identification photographs, signatures of various superiors and all appropriate flight information for each flight.
The remaining portions of the grouping include numerous documents relating to Hekeler's post-war soaring activities.  These
include Hekeler's Federation Aeronautique Internationale Sport License (issued in 1963), his Mitgliedskarte issued by the
Deutchen Aero-Club in Stuttgart (issued in 1952), his Bundesrepublik Deutschland glider pilots license, two different private pilot
licenses, his Segelfluglehrer Ausweis (Nr. 114) from the Deutscher Aero-Club in Stuttgart, three period photographs and an
Antennenstromm gauge from his early soaring years.  The gauge shown is an indicator of a towed, extendable antenna and
shows the antenna power.  Altogether a tremendous grouping of a terrific career in soaring!  
Left:  Several pages from the
segelflieger achievement booklet,
belonging to Rudi Kramer.  The pages
include Kramer's certificates of
proficiency for the A, B and C
certificates for gliding proficiency.  The
information contained shows that
Kramer achieved all three levels of
gliding proficiency in a 6 month period.
 Kramer was born on October 4, 1926
and shows he began his gliding career
with his first flight on March 13, 1943 in
an SG-38.
Left:  Although not related to the grouping above,
shown to the left is an original Deutsche Luftsport
Verband (DLV) sport shirt insignia in my collection.
 This is an unused example.
Shown to the right is the enameled version of the "B" certificate for
gliding proficiency.  This is the button holed version for wear with
civilian attire and is serial numbered "81435" on the reverse side.
Left:  A recent addition to my collection, an original NSFK administrative
stamp.  This stamp is related to NSFK Gruppe 6, Sturm 2, Standarten
34.  This is a beautiful, original stamp and is identical to those types of
stamps found throughout NSFK identity books, flight logs, and other
paperwork related to the NSFK, as shown above.
Deutschen NSFK
Part 1: Introduction, paperwork, awards, insignia
Civil Button-Hole Lapel Badge for NSFK Members:  
Shown to the right is a very seldom seen item.  This is a Civil
Button-Hole version of the lapel badge for NSFK members.  IN
my years of collecting, I have only seen one other example of
this button-hole version of the NSFK membership badge for
civil wear.  The reverse of this small badge is appropriately
marked and this badge is the exact size of the other
membership badges shown on this page.
Left:  A recent addition to my collection, an original
letter from Generalmajor Friedrich Christiansen to
Martin Wronsky, congratulating him on his 60th
birthday.  The letter is dated January 26, 1937 and is
hand signed by Friedrich Christiansen, with
letterhead from Christiansen's office in Berlin.
Martin Wronsky was one of the co-founders of
Lufthansa Airlines, along with Otto Merkel and
Erhard Milch in 1926.  
Martin Wronsky 1877-1946
Above/Right:  Another glider plaque recently added
to my collection.  The placard on the bottom of the
plaque states, "Recognition for Success at the Ith,
Your Apprentices."  The plaque is dated May 31,
1938.  The Ith is a mountain gliding site which is
439m high.  The NSFK established a flying school at
this site prior to the war, which is located southwest
of Hannover.  Today, three different flying clubs still
operate gliders at this location.
Gewollt: Ich werde Bargeld oder Gebrauch PAYPAL für Original,
vor-1945 Dinge bezahlen, die auf die NSFK oder die DLV bezogen
werden.
Above:  An early DLV grouping that once belonged to Gerd Hardorff.  The grouping includes Hardorff's DLV Arbeitsbuch,
DLV Flugbuch, Luftwaffe Soldbuch, a small pamphlet on how to accurately shoot his infantry rifle, and a DLV sport shirt
insignia.  Hardorff was born on February 26, 1920 and began his membership with the DLV in February 6, 1935.  He was
initially assigned to Luftsportlandesgruppe 4, He began flying gliders with the DLV on October 12, 1935.  Hardorff continued
his career and joined the Luftwaffe.  According to his Soldbuch, Hardorff was still enlisted and serving the Luftwaffe when the
war ended.  The DLV sport shirt insignia is identical to the unissued one shown above, although Hardorff's example shows
wear.  The photograph shown above on the left is Hardorff's ID photo from his Flugbuch, while the photograph on the right is
Hardorff's ID photo from his Soldbuch.  
Shown to the left is another very seldom seen item.  This is a Civil
Button-Hole version of the lapel badge for NSFK Sponsoring
members.  In my years of collecting, I have never seen another
example of this button-hole version of the NSFK Sponsoring
membership badge for civil wear.  The reverse of this small badge is
appropriately marked and this badge is the exact size of the other
membership badges shown on this page.
Right:  Shown to the right is an early
button-hole version of the DLV insignia,
designed to be worn while in civilian attire.
 An interesting lapel badge with nice
enamel work.
Above:  This is an NSFK National Flying Competition badge, as issued to a member of the ground control station.  The
badge is a heavy quality, oval metal badge measuring 33cm X 45cm and features a central metal design of the NSFK Icarus
emblem on a blue background.  The outer border features the inscription, "Reichsflugwettwerb 1938" and "Bodenleitstelle "
(Ground Control Station).  The reverse side of the badge is complete with attaching pin and is maker marked, "Rob Neff,
BerlinW57". Badge shows natural wear and aging on the obverse with no damage to the enamel, and an aged patina to the
reverse.
A terrific promotional video from the 1930's showing an NSFK Habicht
glider performing aerobatics.  Thank you to Sepé Barradas of Brazil for
sharing the video and allowing it to be placed on this site.
Shown to the left is another example of the enameled version of the "A" certificate
for gliding proficiency, this one with a pin-back backing, as opposed to the button
hole versions shown above.  This badge is not serial numbered but is an authentic
pre-1945 variation to the commonly encountered button hole versions.
Above:  Most likely a pre-war, unused postcard
depicting a poor glider pilot being hounded by
monkees.  Presumably this is more of an NSFK
related glider pilot postcard, than that of a
Luftwaffe glider pilot.  Neat item obtained
recently from a seller in Germany.
Right:  A set of four stamps and their original stand, which once
were privately owned and used by Korpsfuhrer Friedrich
Christiansen.  These stamps were obtained from an auction house
in Germany which was selling a large collection of items once
owned by Christiansen.  The stamps included the one shown
below, a stamp used by Christiansen's wife, a stamp of the
Christiansen family crest and a stamp of a ship Christiansen once
served as second officer on, the five-masted  sailing ship
Preussen.
Above:  A wartime autographed photograph of
Korpsfuhrer Friedrich Christiansen.  The photograph
was taken after Christiansen had been promoted to
General der Flieger of the Luftwaffe.
Left:  An NSFK 1938 glider  competition day badge (tinnie): made of
stamped silver metal alloy, measuring 32x45mm. It has raised relief
with detail showing the NSFK Icarus figure in center, superimposed
with swastika. Inscription around border is
"Nationalsozialistisches-Fliegerkorps Segelflug-Wettbewerb"
(National Socialist Glider Competition) and with '1938' date. The type
of attachment on this item is a pin-back attachment.
Above:  An original, private, wartime photograph of
Korpsfuhrer Friedrich Christiansen.  An interesting
photograph showing Hitler Youth members assisting
Christiansen in removing the one piece, white, NSFK flight
suit.  Clearly seen at his throat is his Pour le Mérite, and
the NSFK emblem is seen on the right chest of his tunic.  
Left:  An origina Sanke card, #609, of then Oberleutnant Friedrich
Christiansen, wearing the coveted Pour le Mérite, as well as other
awards.  Christiansen was a decorated German Navy pilot with 21 air
victories by the end of the war.  This Sanke card was a recent addition
to my collection and was obtained directly from a seller in Germany.
Above:  An original, pre-1945, leather glider pilots flight helmet with 1943 dated goggles.  This
flight helmet came from the estate of an NSFK/HJ leader with the period goggles being added later.  
This unmarked leather flight helmet is in excellent condition with no rips or tears, and shows minimal
wear.
Above:  Another recent purchase from Germany, this is a non-portable award for five years of unpaid service, and bears the
title and facsimile signature of Korpsfuhrer Alfred Keller, with his given rank of Generaloberst.  The medal is serial numbered
#595.  This medal came to me without it's case of issue and document, and shows honest wear from years of being stored.  It is
important to note that the term "Ehrenamtlichen" means holding an unpaid position, indicating that the recipient was a long time
volunteer for the NSFK.  The photo on the far right shows a close-up view of the facsimile signature of Korpsfuhrer Keller.
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