AT THE 1939 RHÖN CONTEST
OTHER NOTABLE WEIHE FLIGHTS
55 hours 51 mins Duration Flight by Ernst Jachtmann from the 22nd to the 24th September 1943 over Brüsterort on the Baltic. See the following clip of the flight:
Over 53 hours Duration Flight by Juez (Spain) in pre-production Weihe registartion EC-RZZ over Monflorite, Huesca, Spain during 1943
The above two Duration Records were not recognised by the FAI as it was policy not to recognise war-time records. These Duration Records were marginally exceeded by the French in 1952.
THE MOST FAMOUS WEIHE
This was a 1943 Swedish Weihe. In this machine, Per Axel Persson set up a World Gain of Height Record of 8050 rn. on the 12th July 1947 over Örebro, Sweden. In the same machine he became World Championin in 1948, at Samadan in Switzerland. Billy Nilsson also became World Champion in ‘the same machine in 1950 at Örebro.
WORLD SPEED RECORD OVER A 200 Km COURSE was flown by the Jugoslav Klancnik in 1956. This was the first speed over a 200 Kms course record to be recognised.
DAILY TASK WINNER DURING 1956 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS at St. Jan, France, The Swiss pilot Muller won a task in a Weihe he had built himself.
WORLD GAIN OF HEIGHT RECORD of 9665 m The Weihe’s final World Record. This was flown by Karl Bauer over the Teck in a thunderstorm on the 20th June 1959, in a wartime production Weihe.
DURING THE LATE 1940s AND 1950s Weihes broke National Records too numerous to mention in many countries. I have no details of Weihe or Milan performances in France. Almost certainly many flights over 500 Kms must have been achieved. At La Ferte Alais, near Paris , a Mdm de Brugada set up a French 300 Km triangle speed record for women in a Milan (speed approx. 35 m.p.h.).
One must also remember the efforts of Georg Raddatz who set up a German Goal Flight Record of 385 Kms from Brunswick to Bruchsa on the 2nd June 1955.
Two Weihes came to Britain after 1945 from the Wasserkuppe and many British Records were broken by these two machines:–
BGA. No. 433 (previous reg. G-ALKG) – see photo taken 1947 of Philip Wills at Dunstable) was built in Czechoslovakia in 1942 and brought to England after the war. The wings and tail were re-skinned completely with the plywood grain laid diagonall. The ply skins had no fabric, just clear varnish of a very high gloss the fabric covering being clear doped. The fuselage and fin was a deep turquoise green equiped with drop off dolly wheels. Registration letters were imposed by the bureaucracy for a few months 1946 – 7 only and were soon cleaned off. , and was later was sold to New Zealand where it became ZK-GAE. After repair it was flown by Philip Wills a Distance Record of 233 miles, to a Height Record of 15,800 ft and later to another Height Record of over 30,000 ft over New Zealand.
BGA No. 448 (previous reg. G-ALJW and LO+WQ) see photo and note the poor quality of the plywood planking) built by Jacobs Schweyer in 1943 was flown by Lorne Welch from Redhill to Brussels – 210 miles – and to almost 30,000 ft. by John Williamson in a thunderstorm. The first machine also set up all the New Zealand National Records when being flown by Dick Georgeson. H.C.N. (Nick) Goodhart gained his 500 Km Diamond in a Weihe in Texas.
With these two came a spare pair of wings, which with some fuselage parts and fittings were made into a third machine. This became BGA 642 (previous reg. G-ALMG). This machine was sold in 1949 to the U.S.A where it was registered as N1900M. and where it won the 1959 US Nationals. – see photo below and also read the owners history of the glider published in the VGC Magazine
A further JS Weihe BGA 650, came into Britain at that time,. It was registered in 1950 and flown by the Siamese Prince Bira. This machine left the country shortly afterward with Prince Bira. Another Weihe came from the RAF in Germany during the 1950s and went to Jock Forbes: when he emigrated to the U.S.A. the machine went with him.
During the 1960s, possibly as many as five Swedish built Weihes came to Britain with two more German built machines. One of the German rnachines was destroyed by spinning-in after its rebuild by a member of the RAF Chilterns Gliding Club at RAF Benson