A West German glider pilot is claiming world speed and distance records for an eleven hundred kilometre flight over the deserts of central Australia.
A West German glider pilot is claiming world speed and distance records for an eleven hundred kilometre flight over the deserts of central Australia. Hans Werner Grosse flew his triangular course on the third of January, from the world famous, Alice Springs.
SYNOPSIS: The German ace flies a fibreglass ASW 17 glider. Its wing span is nineteen metres and it weighs six hundred and thirty kilograms.
Fifty-six-year-old Hans Werner Grosse is a former fighter pilot who has been flying in Australia for the past four summers. Temperatures of about forty-two degrees provide the thermal conditions for excellent gliding.
Grosse set a one thousand kilometre triangular course record last year flying at an average one hundred and nine kilometres an hour, this time he was going to do better.
As it turned out conditions were perfect. With hot air giving him maximum lift over the barren desert around Alice Springs in the centre of Australia, Grosse was able to fly eleven hundred and sixty-one kilometres. His time just ten seconds, short of eight hours. He flew at an average speed of one hundred and forty five kilometres an hour. Grosse is claiming world speed and distance records for the triangular course.