Trips / St Hubert
From Hilversum to St Hubert Early Saturday morning, 20 April 2019, Veleda and Maurits went on their way to La Motte-du-Caire (see first part). While en-route, they decided to first go to St.Hubert in the Belgian Ardennes because of bad weather in the south of France for the days to come. St. Hubert is a well known airfield for sailplanes. Veleda and René had visited St. Hubert before in 2012. On Sunday morning René flew to St. Hubert for a day trip to visit Veleda and Maurits.
Piper Archer at Hilversum
Loonse en Drunense Duinen
Tihange nuclear power plants
Schnaufer pointing to his 47th victory
Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer was a German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot and is the highest scoring night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. All of his 121 victories were claimed during World War II at night, mostly against British four-engine bombers. He was nicknamed "The Spook of St. Trond", from the location of his unit's base at Sint Truiden in occupied Belgium.
St Truiden during the war
Heinz Schnaufer was born in 1922 in Stuttgart. In 1939 he was trained as a pilot in the German Air Force. In 1941 he got his first position as a lieutenant in a night fighter squadron near Hamburg. He was later transferred to a night fighter squadron based in the small Belgian town of Sint-Truiden. The squadron was to intercept British bombers attacking targets at night in Germany controlled Europe.
Messerschmitt Bf 110
To stop these nightly bombings the Germans developed the ability to attack bombers in the dark. These air units came to be called night hunters. Schnaufer was flying a Messerschmitt Bf 110. It was a heavily armed twin-engined fighter. During the war the night hunting technique evolved both tactically and technically.
A tail fin of Schnaufer's Bf 110 displaying his 121 victories (Imperial War Museum)
Schnaufer became the leading night fighter pilot on 9 November 1944. On 9th of April 1945 Schnaufer flew his last mission of the war. After the war Schnaufer took over the family wine business. In July 1950, Schnaufer was on a wine buying visit to France, where he died in the aftermath of a road accident. See also Wikipedia
Abbey of Saint-Hubert
René arriving at St Hubert airfield
St.Hubert Upon arrival at St.Hubert, René was welcomed by Veleda and Maurits. We helped Maurits to bring the glider to the launch point. As it was not clear at what time the launch would take place, Veleda and René first went to town to have a look there and for lunch, while Maurits waited for the glider launch and ate something at the airfield. When we returned at the airfield, Maurits was already airborne. We enjoyed the glider launches in the sum. After Maurits landed in the second half of the afternoon, we helped him to tow the glider to the parking, and to store the plane in the sailplane trailer.
To tow the plane to the launch point
Pushing the glider in sequence
Minor basilica in St Hubert
Veleda and René having lunch in St Hubert
Church of Saint-Gilles-au-Pré
Interior of the Church of Saint-Gilles
Aerotow launches behind a PA-25 Pawnee
René and Veleda relaxing
Maurits has landed
Glider in the sailplane trailer
From St Hubert to Hilversum At the end of the afternoon, René flew back to Hilversum. Veleda and Maurits would continue the next day in the direction of La Motte-du-Caire.
Rene taxiing out to runway 05R
Take-off from St Hubert
Albert canal, Diesel-Kwaadmechelen canal
Hagestein weir in the River Lek
Weirs in the rivers Nederrijn and LekThe Nederrijn and Lek are dammed by three near identical weirs. The weirs are located at Hagestein (1960), Amerongen (1965) and Driel (1970), and regulate the distribution of water over the rivers Nederrijn and the IJssel, and regulate the water levels in the Nederrijn and the river Lek.
Location of the weirs at Hagestein, Amerongen and Driel