Warsaw Flying Club

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It was established on October 19, 1927 as Warsaw’s Academic Flying Club. This was the first Flying Club in Poland accessible for the general public. In the initial period of the club’s operation, its members used to fly only planes, later specialized sections were formed. Thanks to the fact that the army donated four Caudron G-III airplanes to the club, the club could carry out its statutory goals.

First members of the Flying Club started practical training under the tutelage of an instructor and the head of training Jerzy Widawski in June 1928. Practical training took place at the Mokotów Airport. At the end of a training course each student had to carry out: 50 circles over the airport, 5 landings with engine switched off, a spiral from the altitude of 2.000 metres to 500 metres, single and double stall turn (that is, a method used at that time in history to approach to landing), an eight at a constant altitude, an hour-long flight at the altitude of 2.000 metres, tailspin (with an instructor) and flight to another airport.

The pilots of Warsaw Academic Flying Club took part in and won many competitions of both local, national, as well as international level. Among the Club’s competitors there were such famous people as: Stanisław Wigura and Franciszek Żwirko, Antoni Kocjan, Jerzy Drzewiecki, or Jerzy Wędrychowski.

july, 2020

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