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Grunau 9
 
   


Gliding and Aero Clubs 
Interest in gliding increased considerably in the early 1930's and many aero clubs were established all over the country. The dream was to build one's own aircraft, and those clubs that managed to acquire suitable premises, got on with the job. Germany, in particular was a major supplier of popular constructions, like the Grunau 9, for instance. In the years 1935-36, many aero clubs got hold of the blueprints for this type of aircraft. A gliding course was held at Heramb in Ringsaker, and a German aero club turned up with both aircraft and instructors free of charge. On March 1, 1942, during World War II, the Nazi "Hirdens Flykorps" was established. It was intended to be a recruitment unit for an air force that was to be built up after the war, when the German victory had been secured. The aircraft used were gliders and sailplanes that had been requisitioned from aero clubs from around the country.

The Museum's Grunau 9, the LN-GAH, that belonged to Jeløy Sailplane Club, was among those requisitioned and subsequently adorned with a swastika on its rudder. The glider was built by Jeløy Sailplane Club in 1938-40, and registered for the first time on March 1, 1940. After the war, the LN-GAH was returned to its former owners. In summer 1950, the club was housed at the old German air field in Rygge, where winches made by veteran glider pilot Bjarne Reier were used to launch the aircraft. The Air Force flying school was also to be found in Rygge, and many student pilots took the opportunity of trying their hands at gliding. The LN-GAH broke down on September 9, 1959, and was removed from the register in 1960.

It was stored in a barn in Gudbrandsdalen and taken over by Bodø Aviation History Association. During the following 18 months it was restored for exhibition at the Norwegian Aviation Museum.

TEKNISKE DATA
LENGDE: 8 m
VINGESPENN: 17,0 m
HØYDE: 2,1 m
MAKS. VEKT: 500 kg
MAKS. HASTIGHET: 200 (diving) km/t
MAKS. HØYDE: m
REKKEVIDDE: km
MOTOR: None
ANDRE OPPLYSNINGER: Glidetall 24:1
 


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