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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

2015-08 Panzer Unity

Whilst I do not involve myselve in any computer games others obviously do – and I have to admit that what they do looks very well. The hills in the background came from photos I had the chance to take in my time in Libya and they blend very well into the landscape of the computer game. They say, there is still a lot of work to do…

15.08.2015 18:53 | Kuno Gross

2015-07 Marignano 1515

1515-2015: 500 years ago Switzerland was invloved in a lot of wars – smaller and bigger ones and most of the battles were provided with Swiss mercenaries – sometimes fighting on both sides. Marignano 1515 was a turning point: After it was believed that the Swiss cannot be defeated for a long time, they suffered the biggest defeat ever against the army of the king of France (which consisted of German mercenaries to a good part).

15.08.2015 14:19 | Kuno Gross