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Happy New Year 2016

The last news for this year. I have just completed the sorting of many photos for a new LRDG book to be published soon by a friend. Our project on E Force is progressing slowly – the manuscript includes now 144 pages of plain text. A small book with the title An Airman's Desert Diary is planned to be published by mid-2016…. and I am having a deep look into about one of the supply columns from Wadi Halfa to Kufra. That's it for now – quite a lot to do in the coming year.

28.12.2015 21:38 | Kuno Gross

2015-11 Hamburg, a week in the North of Germany

I don't know for how many years I had planned to pay a visit to Hamburg once. End of October the occassion came and it was well worth doing it. I would not at all say that I have seen and visited everything what is offered by the city. But there were many magnificent views and locations.
In particular I have enjoyed the two days excursion arranged by freinds living up there to Nordholz, Kiel and Schloss Eutin – which was illuminated with candles that evening.

And again: No desert. But Two evenings talking about past times in Libya and the many excursions we did on weekends….

17.11.2015 06:49 | Kuno Gross

2015-10 Paris, searching for traces of the Desert

Ok – I have to admit that I dod not go to Paris to really look for traces of the desert. But somehow I managed to find some. We have the “sand channels” at Le Bourget (okokok – I know this type came only up after WWII and they actually were used to improve the surface of landing grounds for aircraft). Then we have the “Bir Hakeim” – Metro station, remembering Bir Hakeim and the fight of the Free French in the Desert War. Then, naturally, the French Army museum. But what is definitely not good (and this is not only my opinion): All those vitrines are reflecting the light from lamps and windows – difficult. And it is also difficult to read the plates explaining the exhibits – too often there is simply not enough light available to read what is written. Enough of criticism – I really enjoyed to stay for a week in Paris.

06.10.2015 18:55 | Kuno Gross

2015-09 Aircraft instead of Desert

It is probably some sort of “lack of desert” which brought me closer to aircraft. Not that I would intend to go for a PPL but I do definitely enjoy sitting in interesting (therefore mainly vintage) aircraft.

This summer brought some fascinating occassions which I am very happy that I did not miss them: It started in July with a flight with the ZEPPELIN NT from near the place where I live – this was nearly magic. The second flight was in a Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina operating from Holland. Outstanding. Then I could not resist the “call” of Croatia where I had two flights with a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter on floats. And just to the end of September – as a birthday present- I could join a flight with a 1939 Junkers Ju 52

29.09.2015 20:04 | Kuno Gross