2002 Gliding Expedition
6th July 2002: A
day of local flying at Wiener Neustadt
ASH25 to take off. The grass airfield is 2 km in diameter and perfectly
Andy May flew the LS4...
was taking no chances with sunburn!
one for the history buffs. Wiener Neustadt airfield is the cradle of Austrian
aviation where flying began in 1910, and during WW2 it was the site of Messerschmitt
109 production. It is absolutely huge, the largest grass airfield in Europe
with a circumference of 4 miles, so those of us used to a gentle stroll to
the launch point at Dunstable had a major shock. After the exhausting days
flying on Friday we took winch launches to 2700’ and explored the local
area out to the Schneeberg and Rax mountains. The airfield is busy, with power
flying and parachuting in addition to gliding. An approaching active front
cut off convection and the evening was accompanied by thunder, lightning and