Trips / Niederrhein

trip
To the Niederrhein region
28 September 2014
EHLE; Lelystad EDLK; Krefeld EDLC; Kamp Lintfort EDLX; Wesel


The Lower Rhine region or Niederrhein is a region around the Lower Rhine section of the river Rhine in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The Lower Rhine region's landscape is mostly flat green grass land with wide views of the horizon. Sights include the historic town centers of Cleves and Xanten, as well as the latter town's Roman archeological museum, the castle "Schloss Moyland" in Bedburg-Hau or the Catholic pilgrimage town of Kevelaer.

On Sunday afternoon, 28 September 2014, Veleda and René made a flying trip from Lelystad to the Niederrhein region, visiting the airfields of Krefeld, Kamp Lintfort and Wesel.

From Lelystad to Krefeld

Catalina at Lelystad airport
Catalina at Lelystad airport
Final runway 06 Krefeld airport
Final runway 06 Krefeld airport
Krefeld airfield
Krefeld airfield
Rene with Piper Arrow at Krefeld airfield
René with the Piper Arrow at Krefeld airfield

Krefeld

Since 1912 several areas were used by pilots for their early test flights near Krefeld. The airfield Krefeld-Bockum was built from 1916 to 1918. After World War I the airfield was occupied by Belgian and French military forces. After the occupying forces left, the airfield in Bockum was reopened in 1926 with regular services by Lufthansa.

Flughafen Krefeld in the late 1920s
Flughafen Krefeld in the late 1920s
Entry Flughafen Krefeld
Entry Flughafen Krefeld

During World War II Krefeld became a Luftwaffe Fliegerhorst. Following World War II, the British occupation found the airfield of little use. In 1947 a request was made with the Allied military to release the terrain for civilian use, and in 1950 the former airfield was released to the city of Krefeld. Shortage of housing in the by bombing raids ravaged city of Krefeld was immense. Nearly three-quarters of all homes were damaged or destroyed. The airfield was ultimately completely built over by Krefeld Gartenstadt.

In 1950, the Krefeld Aero Club was founded and in 1952 the first glider starts commenced at Egelsberg in the district Traar. The Airfield Community Krefeld-Egelsberg was founded in 1954 and became the operator of the airfield.

Construction and leveling of the airfield at Egelsberg
Construction and leveling of the airfield at Egelsberg

picture top left: ronaldv.nl; top right: stadtarchiv; bottom: edlk.de



From Krefeld to Kamp Lintfort

Take-off runway 06 Krefeld airfield
Take-off runway 06 Krefeld airfield
Industry near Duisburg
Industry near Duisburg
Final runway 25 Kamp Lintfort airfield
Final runway 25 Kamp Lintfort airfield
Rene at Kamp Lintfort airfield
René at Kamp Lintfort airfield



From Kamp Lintfort to Wesel

Checking the fuel level before departure
Checking the fuel level before departure
Run-up at runway 25 Kamp Lintfort airfield
Run-up at runway 25 Kamp Lintfort airfield
Approaching Wesel airfield
Approaching Wesel airfield
Final runway 09 Wesel airfield
Final runway 09 Wesel airfield

Old railroad at Wesel airfield
Railway bridge Wesel

Along the parking area at Wesel airfield there is a railroad stemming from the 19th century. In the period 1872-1874 a railway bridge was construced over the river Rhine near Wesel. At the time it was the northernmost bridge over the Rhine in Germany. With its 1,950 meters in length, it was the longest bridge across the Rhine and until 1913, the longest bridge in Germany. From 1917 an additional road bridge existed in the immediate vicinity of the railway bridge.

Wesel railway bridge until 1926
The reason for the bridging of the lower Rhine in Wesel was the construction of the Hamburg-Venlo railway. After the line Wesel-holders was opened on 1 March 1874, the first train from Wesel to Venlo ran on New Year's Eve 1874. In 1878 the North Brabant-German Railways (so-called Boxteler railway) opened its line from Goch to Wesel.

Wesel railway bridge after 1927
In the years 1926-1927 the bridge on the old river piers was renewed to enhance the openings for the shipping. The arches over the Rhine were replaced by a new steel structure. On 10 March 1945 the bridge was blown up by the retreating Wehrmacht. It was the last Rhine bridge remaining in German hands.

Today the ruines and remains from the railway can still be seen south of Wesel airfield.

View on Wesel airfield
View on Wesel airfield



From Wesel to Lelystad

Veleda and Rene at Wesel airfield
Veleda and René at Wesel airfield
Taxi to beginning of runway 09 Wesel airfield
Taxi to beginning of runway 09 Wesel airfield
Harderwold
Harderwold
Final runway 05 Lelystad airport
Final runway 05 Lelystad airport


Filippo Roncucci in his Pitts
Filippo Roncucci in his Pitts
Filippo Roncucci

On this day aviator Filippo Roncucci with a Russian female passenger got killed in a crash near Mensanello airfield (Italy) during aerobatic maneuvers in his Pitts Model 12. We did not learn about the tragedy until much later. We were shocked. We have visited Mensanello a number of times, the first time in 2008 while Filippo was still building his Pitts. Filippo was a warm person, and we have very good memories of him.
We will miss you, Filippo.

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