Rhön gliding competition: From the pitch to have Neil Armstrong missed

Sometimes you just have bad luck. Dag Peters, for example. "A little bit annoyed I have me already," he says today, "but it was not different back then." At

Rhön gliding competition: From the pitch to have Neil Armstrong missed

Sometimes you just have bad luck. Dag Peters, for example. "A little bit annoyed I have me already," he says today, "but it was not different back then." At that time, it was exactly 50 years ago. Peter's parents at this time, the Hotel "Peterchens mondfahrt" to the 950 Meter high Wasserkuppe and welcomed there, the most famous guest of your hostel: Neil Armstrong, was kicked with the foot a year before the first man ever on the moon. But Dag Peters has missed the appearance of Armstrong on the Wasserkuppe: "I was in Munich, at the time of my training." Time for Armstrong was not there.

The first man on the moon was to the age of 50. The rhön gliding competitions, the 100-year Celebration has to be cancelled this summer because of the Corona of a pandemic, there are on the Wasserkuppe come, and had there taken care of for a crowd. Armstrong, himself a keen glider pilot, had visited the cradle of gliding a visit, because: "Without a sail flying there would not have been to the moon flight," he said. The gliding aerodynamic techniques have been developed, the pioneering work and the basics for space travel had created, explains Harald Jörges, today heads the gliding school at the wasserkuppe.

"fog in its most beautiful rhön-output"

the first man visited the moon at the time of the flight from the wasserkuppe, is for Jörges, therefore, not so surprising. Others, however, were apparently almost out of the house about the visit. Around 30,000 onlookers, as reported by the F. A. Z. at the time, had come to see Armstrong close. The weather, however, made them, at least on Sunday a stroke through the bill. "They searched the plane and the American astronauts, and they found only the fog in his most beautiful rhön edition", it said on 11. August of 1970, the F. A. Z.. As Dag Peters had also bad luck, in terms of the views of Armstrong. He was shot a day before his rounds about the place – "in a plane, which is identical to the one he had at home in the United States," says Jörges.

But he, at that time 14 years old, knows such Details only from stories. Like Peters, the then fourteen-year-old when Armstrong had a visit to bad luck and not experienced his Idol close up. "There were a lot of people," he says today. Also had him, the little boy, the American soldiers still interested a lot more. "The jumped out of their helicopters and have simulated a fight, that was great."

Updated Date: 08 August 2020, 21:19

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