Henschel Factory Logo
Shown above are 15 photographs, from a large grouping of 63 photographs I recently obtained from
Germany. The interesting thing about this grouping of photographs is the Henschel Aircraft Company
logo that is found on the gliders, as well as on patches on the coveralls being worn by the grounds
crew. I have done quite a bit of research on this and have not been able to find any additional
information about why the Henschel logo was applied to the gliders. I am assuming that the grounds
crew are all Henschel employees assisting in the operations of these gliders. All of the photographs
are original and all are pre-1940 photos.
Also of interest is that the majority of the ground crew are wearing Hitler Youth armbands with the
Henschel logo patch above the armband. Some of the photographs also identify the gliders as
belonging to various NSFK Gruppen.
The NSFK in Photographs
A rare and original, colorized photograph of an NSFK pilot preparing for flight. As
seen on the side of the fuselage, this particular glider is associated with NSFK
Gruppe 11. The photograph also shows terrific details to the uniform of the NSFK
man standing in the background.
The activities of German glider communities were well recorded both prior to and after the start of
the war. I have been fortunate to add a large number of photographs to my collection relating to the
DLV, the NSFK, Luftwaffe glider pilots and the aircraft they utilized in their training and soaring
activities. All of the photographs on this page are original photographs in my collection and are NOT
for sale. Thank you for taking the time to visit this page and for your interest. **Please do not copy
and/or use these photographs without permission.
Above: Two original era photographs showing the same segelflieger next to his SG-38 glider. The
photograph on the left is especially interesting as it shows the pilot wearing the 1st pattern, NSFK thin
metal, protective flight helmet. Also, the National emblem on the tail of the glider provides a better idea
for the approximately time frame of when these photographs were taken. The photographs show an
interesting view of early NSFK gliders and a partial view of the armband worn on the pilot's left arm.
Note: Amazingly, I purchased these two original photographs from different sellers in Germany! It was
amazing to find I had reunited these two photographs which were purchased several months apart.
Above: A terrific grouping of four photographs obtained directly from Germany. The photograph in the top left corner
shows an NSFK man wearing his Kepi hat. The photograph at the top right shows the variation of flight clothing worn by
NSFK pilots and instructors. Another interesting note is the student sitting ready in the SG-38 glider. He is wearing
the thin aluminum, NSFK flight helmet. If you look closely, you will see he has the one gull "A" certificate painted on
the front of the helmet! The two bottom photographs show the work needed to get one of these gliders back to the
top of the hill and ready for flight.
Above: Two original photographs showing a powered aircraft of the NSFK preparing for takeoff with its pilot and
passenger. Most likely being utilized as a training aircraft, these two photographs provide a terrific glimpse into the
powered flight activities of the NSFK.
Above: An original wartime photograph
in my collection showing two Luftwaffe
flak (anti-aircraft) unit soldiers. The
soldier on the right is displaying a cloth
version of the "C" certificate for
A gorgeous view of an NSFK SG-38 preparing to be launched.
Note the HJ members holding the glider in place by the tail before
Two sequenced photographs showing an NSFK SG-38 glider being pushed up-hill on the commonly
used, two wheeled cart. The second photograph shows the same SG-38 glider after being launched!
You can see the NSFK members walking, still holding the tow rope they used to hand launch the
glider by running down hill and pulling the glider into the air.
Above/Left: A terrific photograph showing an NSFK model glider meet. In the background
NSFK contestants and youth leaders stand by as the product of so much hard work sits in the
foreground awaiting the competition. Interesting photograph showing the moderate to large
turn out for this model glider competition. Above/Right: This photograph shows a close-up of
an NSFK built glider model.
Above: A press release photograph dated May 29, 1939, showing numerous gliders
belonging to NSFK Gruppe 4 (Berlin-Brandenburg) preparing for flight. In the background a
glider can be seen having just turned from base leg to final.
Above: These two photographs above show a rarely seen view of NSFK gliders and their support
vehicles. The scenes above depict gliders and personnel associated with Gruppe 2 (Nord) of the NSFK
and show an SG-38 and a Grunau Baby being prepared for flight at an unknown location.
A terrific, original photograph showing an NSFK glider
pilot in flight, as viewed from the instructors position.
Really interesting photograph showing the headgear
being worn by the pilot and the sliding side window in the
Gewollt: Ich werde Bargeld oder Gebrauch PAYPAL für Original,
vor-1945 Dinge bezahlen, die auf die NSFK oder die DLV bezogen
Above: Wonderful photograph showing a member
of the Hitler youth wearing the NSFK "C"
certificate on the left breast of his tunic.
Close-up of photo to the left
Above: A rare photograph showing an NSFK
member wearing the black NSFK beret. Seen on
his sleeve is a clear view of the Hitler Youth
shirt sleeve diamond.
An unfortunate end to an NSFK glider.
Left: A glider apparently
sponsored by the Eisenacher
Paper (Zeitung), which is painted
on the side of the glider.
Above: Two original, mid to late 1930's photographs showing early NSFK SG-38 gliders in flight. As you
can see from the photographs, these are early gliders with no cockpit and the pilot sitting out in the open
while in flight. A really interesting couple of photographs and a glimpse into the early flying activities of
An interesting combination: A Luftwaffe Major being driven by a Luftwaffe Gefreiter in an
NSFK marked Mercedes Benz, which appears to be a convertible, military version of the 1933
380 model. Seen on the door is the NSFK Icarus insignia, while the Mercedes also displays a
Luftwaffe staff vehicle pennant on the left front fender. Most likely the Luftwaffe Major was
using the vehicle and "borrowed" it from the local NSFK unit.