Special edition postage stamp of Prince Heinrich´s
Special edition postage stamp of Prince Heinrich´s
flight in 1913 with a Farman Albatross aircraft

In the years 1913 and 1914 the so-called Prince Heinrich flights took place. Prince Heinrich Albert Wilhelm of Prussia was a brother of the Kaiser, and great supporter of technology connected with land, sea and air. This technically very gifted man was, besides his duties as an Admiral amongst other things also Commander in Chief of the German Voluntary Automobile Corps, and as a pilot also a member of the Imperial Aero Club. Under competitive conditions the Prince Heinrich flights served to give civilian and military pilots the chance to compare their skills. Long stretches over the whole of Germany were undertaken, whereby various tasks had to be fulfilled. For this purpose several military units did practise flights in the same areas, at the same time. The pilots and their observers had to try to find certain detachments in certain areas, and also specific landmark features on ground-terrain. Sometimes this was achieved with immense success. It is interesting to see how a civilian sports event reshaped itself into a military exercise.


Technical developments increased in dynamic fashion. As early as November 1914 the Technical Transport Inspection Commision was experimenting with aircraft which could be navigated by remote control, through the use of cordless telegraphy – today´s radio signal. Alongside these developments the War Ministry did not overlook the increasing number of civilian aviators.
Badge with the insignia of the Imperial Aero Club
Badge with the insignia of the Imperial Aero Club
as well as an automobile steering wheel.
This is probably  meant for participants of 
Prince Heinrich´s flights. hh
Special honorary prize of the Prince Heinrich flight in 1914
Special honorary prize of the Prince
Heinrich flight in 1914.
Pongratz Collection

 

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