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G'day all,
 
So my gliding club, GCWA, had its 70th anniversary last year.  We recently had a big party to celebrate the milestone, and I was tasked with collecting as many old photos and slides as I could from old members.  There was some great stuff hidden away in people's collections, and I thought I'd share a couple of the more interesting old shots with you.  Go grab a tea, there's a few here (in no particular order...)  Hope you enjoy!!
 

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A busy day on the lineup at the club's original location - Caversham Airfield.  Primary Gliders and the club's old truck.
 
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A Motorfalke motor glider - this has been restored recently by its current owner and was run up last weekend.  I look forward to seeing it in the air!
 
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Mmmmmm, radial...
 
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A Klemm L 25-1.  This was imported into WA in 1929 from Germany
 
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I absolutely love this photo of filming underway at the old Caversham Airfield
 
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Outlanding in the old primary would have been a bit rough...
 
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...and often ended up in (severe) damage to the glider
 
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A primary starting its tow
 
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Primary in flight
 
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These guys were super-keen.  They managed to rig a camera onto the wing for some awesome aerial shots.
 
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VH-TUG, DeHavilland Tiger Moth.  The first of several glider tugs to wear this rego in Australia, all here in WA.
 
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The "cockpit" of the primary... no fancy creature comforts here.  This was the flash model, that had a variometer (the drum is its capacity flask) and altimeter.  Airspeed indicator was the wind in your face.
 
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VH-TUG in action
 
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A busy day out at Cunderdin Airfield, the current home of the club.  Looks a bit diffferent to Jarrad's model :)
 
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VH-TUG the second.  Dehavilland Chipmunk.  This is still in storage at the airfield (in pieces).
 
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Oooh, check out the hot new glider on the scene!
 
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Another busy day at Cunderdin
 
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The old Tiger Moth in action again
 
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Selfies, way before they were popular.  And way cooler than any you'll see today...
 
 
Cheers,
Derek
 
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Just like my history, a different place, different planes but all doing the same thing, infecting the unsuspecting student with the bug that never dies.


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What an excellent set! Those are some seriously good pics you've posted here, Derek.


 


Thanks a lot for sharing them (and letting us partake in your club's history)!


 


Cheers


 


Mallard


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Thankyou everyone!  It's a pleasure to share treasures like this.

 

Some great pics in there, Derek..........

I guess 70 years ago nobody had slew mode to catapult their glider to altitude ?? >:D

Jeez, I could have used slew mode a few weeks ago when I landed out...

 

Great shots Derek.  That primary is just a step away from a hang glider.  Wish I could climb back into a 2/32.

 

Noel

One step away and the step is up to a hang-glider.  The old primaries would have nowhere near the glide ratio of a decent hang-glider, and wouldn't even have been as safe.

 

Those pics are excellent!  I love the tug's reg, and I'm impressed at seeing gliders which predate that advanced intrumentation breakthrough of string taped to the windscreen!

Hey!  Its a "Yawstring" thankyou very much :D  And that 5 cent piece of wool does a better job than the $1200 battery eating turn-and-bank coordinator.

 

Derek,
Terrific shots - especially of the Primary. Had a go on one over 30 years ago now.....I recall it came down as quick as it went up!!

Kev

I would imagine so.  Not quite in the same league as this sexy beast  :P

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