Some Photos from Klix … and the Surrounding Area

For the last few decades the soaring team of Klix has been organizing a competition for all gliding classes. As the WGC takes place this summer at Leszno in Poland, which is near by, a lot of pilots participated in the competition also for training reasons.

XTC inbound for landing

XTC inbound for landing

For years this competition has been known for its good organisation, familiar atmosphere and good gliding conditions. It always attracts over 100 competitors, and has good camping facilities and an amazingly good meteo man (really: WHOOOOWWWW!!)

If, though, the weather is a little against us glider pilots, there are also a lot of things to do in the immediate surroundings:

  • Visit the city of Dresden.
  • Go fishing, sailing or canoeing on the lakes near by.
  • Even a trip to Berlin or Prague is do-able very well in one day.
A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

I was impressed when visiting "Oflag IV C" situated in the castle of Colditz. During WW-2 POW's (mostly officers) with escape abilities were held here. You can find the complete history on the Internet. The most astonishing thing is that they built a glider to escape—and it could really fly! There was a replica built and flown in 2013 as reported in this article, and so was proven after the war.

I know it's a long way from the States to Europe, but gliders can easily be rented (on Klix airfield or elswhere in Germany / Europe)—and why don't combine your competition with a trip through Europe?

Palace of Dresden, every where you can still see the wounds of WW-2 (look at the deep black parts..) thumbnail
Frouwke Kuipers, flying a ASW-20 with Jet engine. Also the Dutch Top Sport Co+¦rdinator. thumbnail
Main square and building at Colditz  castle POW WW-2 camp thumbnail
18 meter class competitors thumbnail
very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition thumbnail
entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp. thumbnail
finishes past the church of Klix thumbnail
old governement building at the -right side- of the river Elbe thumbnail
Jeroen Verkuil won the 18 meter class. He's also competing at the WGC in Leszno this summer. thumbnail
semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen thumbnail
lovers fountain in Dresden palace thumbnail
Hadriaan van Nes, chairman of the Dutch competion commission who selects the pilots fot international competitions. thumbnail
Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000 thumbnail
Jeroen Verkuil in his Ventus. In dayly life he is a commercial pilot for Lufthansa allthough he is a Dutchie thumbnail
the black stones are original, the other are new..... thumbnail
interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz thumbnail
a drink to the witches.. thumbnail
XTC inbound for landing thumbnail
Somethings the Red Cross sended to the POW WW-2 prisoners at Colditz castle thumbnail
1 person POW WW-2 prison cell at the castle Colditz thumbnail
In a cave at Colditz castle. On the background the entrance of a hand digged escape tunnel thumbnail
What you learn young........... thumbnail
Lot's of things to do with family and children to if the weather is not ok for gliding thumbnail
-burning witches- an ancient habbit in this part of Germany. Now a days the witches are made of carton. thumbnail
The restored Dresden church from the outside thumbnail
Entrance to the old city of Dresden thumbnail
Jaap Vis, member of the board  Dutch gliding Accociation- KNvVL. thumbnail
The bridge at G+¦rlitz- Germany to Poland. Now a free walk, but only 20 years ago hard to get over.. thumbnail
Interiour of the completely destroyed in WW-2 and restored church in Dresden centre thumbnail
Ingo Trentelj, AKA kartoffel 8 (potatoe 8). Still performing very well with his old ASW-17 thumbnail
Jeroen Verkuil with his rented Ventus CAXJ. There was a lot off fuzz some years ago about the Call Sign..... thumbnail
Hello, Bart Renckens is back again! thumbnail
A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet) thumbnail

Palace of Dresden, every where you can still see the wounds of WW-2 (look at the deep black parts..)

Frouwke Kuipers, flying a ASW-20 with Jet engine. Also the Dutch Top Sport Co+¦rdinator.

Main square and building at Colditz  castle POW WW-2 camp

18 meter class competitors

very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition

entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp.

finishes past the church of Klix

old governement building at the -right side- of the river Elbe

Jeroen Verkuil won the 18 meter class. He's also competing at the WGC in Leszno this summer.

semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen

lovers fountain in Dresden palace

Hadriaan van Nes, chairman of the Dutch competion commission who selects the pilots fot international competitions.

Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000

Jeroen Verkuil in his Ventus. In dayly life he is a commercial pilot for Lufthansa allthough he is a Dutchie

the black stones are original, the other are new.....

interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz

a drink to the witches..

XTC inbound for landing

Somethings the Red Cross sended to the POW WW-2 prisoners at Colditz castle

1 person POW WW-2 prison cell at the castle Colditz

In a cave at Colditz castle. On the background the entrance of a hand digged escape tunnel

What you learn young...........

Lot's of things to do with family and children to if the weather is not ok for gliding

-burning witches- an ancient habbit in this part of Germany. Now a days the witches are made of carton.

The restored Dresden church from the outside

Entrance to the old city of Dresden

Jaap Vis, member of the board  Dutch gliding Accociation- KNvVL.

The bridge at G+¦rlitz- Germany to Poland. Now a free walk, but only 20 years ago hard to get over..

Interiour of the completely destroyed in WW-2 and restored church in Dresden centre

Ingo Trentelj, AKA kartoffel 8 (potatoe 8). Still performing very well with his old ASW-17

Jeroen Verkuil with his rented Ventus CAXJ. There was a lot off fuzz some years ago about the Call Sign.....

Hello, Bart Renckens is back again!

A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

Palace of Dresden, every where you can still see the wounds of WW-2 (look at the deep black parts..)

Frouwke Kuipers, flying a ASW-20 with Jet engine. Also the Dutch Top Sport Co+¦rdinator.

Main square and building at Colditz castle POW WW-2 camp

18 meter class competitors

very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition

entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp.

finishes past the church of Klix

old governement building at the -right side- of the river Elbe

Jeroen Verkuil won the 18 meter class. He's also competing at the WGC in Leszno this summer.

semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen

lovers fountain in Dresden palace

Hadriaan van Nes, chairman of the Dutch competion commission who selects the pilots fot international competitions.

Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000

Jeroen Verkuil in his Ventus. In dayly life he is a commercial pilot for Lufthansa allthough he is a Dutchie

the black stones are original, the other are new.....

interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz

a drink to the witches..

XTC inbound for landing

Somethings the Red Cross sended to the POW WW-2 prisoners at Colditz castle

1 person POW WW-2 prison cell at the castle Colditz

In a cave at Colditz castle. On the background the entrance of a hand digged escape tunnel

What you learn young...........

Lot's of things to do with family and children to if the weather is not ok for gliding

-burning witches- an ancient habbit in this part of Germany. Now a days the witches are made of carton.

The restored Dresden church from the outside

Entrance to the old city of Dresden

Jaap Vis, member of the board Dutch gliding Accociation- KNvVL.

The bridge at G+¦rlitz- Germany to Poland. Now a free walk, but only 20 years ago hard to get over..

Interiour of the completely destroyed in WW-2 and restored church in Dresden centre

Ingo Trentelj, AKA kartoffel 8 (potatoe 8). Still performing very well with his old ASW-17

Jeroen Verkuil with his rented Ventus CAXJ. There was a lot off fuzz some years ago about the Call Sign.....

Hello, Bart Renckens is back again!

A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

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