Rhodesian Gliding Incidents
I was concerned that I personally had not seen or much on Rhodesian Gliding.
A couple of article were compiled and loaded. please see the links below.
Opening of Umtali's Gliding Club
The Aileron Flutter
I then approached Mitch Stirling, Bob Manser and Mike McGeorge, Mitch and Bob agreed to help where possible but Mike sent in these photographs of Gliding incidents.
Please if there is anyone who can jot down a few memories our gliding please do so, it would be wonderful to get the opening dates etc and if anyone has magazines from our era would they please consider seeing if there are any worthwhile articles and advertisements (costs)
Nr1: Remains of Slingsby Tutor, landing accident, pilot Alf Thompson. Place: Thorn Park airfield, Salisbury, Situated 10ks out on the Mazoe road, on the right, just past the present polo grounds. 1958.
Nr 2: Remains of Schleicher Ka 6 cr, Glider No 40, involved in towing accident when the tug, a Super Cruiser, hit a tree on take off, causing pilot Derek Ebden, to release tow rope, stalled trying to return to the airstrip. Pilot broken ankles. survived.
Nr. 3 Vic Ginns, who restored the Ka 6 -40, handing over to syndicate member, John McGeorge on the 27th September, 1970 at Warren Hills, Salisbury.
Nr. 4: Grunau Baby, landing accident, Thorn Park, Salisbury, pilot Alf Thompson, view looking at the top of the wing,1958.
Nr. 5. John Cooper by task board, prior to his fatal accident at Mazoe.
Nr. 6: Remains of John Coopers crash at the Salvation Army Howard Institute, Mazoe, 1968.
Nr. 7 Result of incipient spin at Warren Hills, after releasing early whilst on tow, Glider Spatz, pilot Godfrey Brown,. survived breaking both ankles.
Nr. 8 : Godfrey Brown, pilot of the Spatz accident.
Nr. 9. Rhodesian competitors of one of the annual competitions at Warren Hills Salisbury in the 70s
l-r Unknown, Rad Sutcliffe (Gwelo), killed in accident at Gwelo., Mike McGeorge, Theo Coster, Harvey Quaile, (Gwelo), Peter Carlsson, killed in Super Cub accident, Warren Hills. John McGeorge.
Nr 10 Another view of Alf Thompson,s landing accident at Thorn Park, See Photo Nr 4
Nr. 11 Slingsby Tutor before accident at Thorn Park, Salisbury 1958, see Photo Nr 2
Nr. 12. Alf Thompson, pilot in the Tutor accident, photo No 1, and the Grunau accident photos, No 4 and 10. He survived.
Nr. 13.Showing one of the wings that separated whilst pilot Di Fowler attempted a loop just under cloud over Mabelreign. The glider a Schleicher Ka 6. Fatal. Warren Hills 1970.
Nr. 14 This is another view of photo No 7. Relating to Godfrey Brown,s accident in the Spatz at Warren Hills, being attended to whilst waiting for the ambulance
THERE ARE THESE CLOUDS
There are these clouds and my glider. The earth is far away,
shut out by the cockpit perspex, smudged by the deep blue air,
her sounds muffled by the wind past the glider,
smells stolen by the height. And there is an estrangement growing
between me and the earth.
I should go down and land; struggle out of the cramped cockpit
and the parachute harness; and walk the warm mother again,
breathing her air and smells, humming her tunes.
But then I would never see the clouds so near again,
and each of them, overhead, would catch, like the earth today,
at a thin scar-string of a bygone love.
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