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The Childhood of aviation in Denmark

In the childhood of aviation the Danish aviation was to be found in the front row.

The pioneers

The very first flight in Europe made in an aircraft heavier than air, and powered by an engine, took place in Denmark when Jacob Christian Ellehammer September 12th 1906, on the island of Lindholm flew no less than 42 meters. For this flight he used an aircraft of his own construction and powered by an engine which he had constructed as well.
This achievement, however, could not be recognised internationally as the first flight. First of all there were no witnesses from any official aviation organisations and secondly because Ellehammer had tethered his machine to a central pole using a wire forcing his aircraft to roll and fly in a circular track.
A few months later the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont performed the first officially recognised flight in Europe.

What maybe not so many people know is that Ellehammer in 1908, during a visit to Germany, made the very first flight in that country.
Actually quite surprising to think about bearing in mind that the First World War was only 6 years ahead.

Ellehammer also worked with helicopters. September 28th 1912 he actually managed to lift off and hover in a helicopter - again of his own construction.

Other known pioneer aviators are Alfred Nervø, who, among other things, June 3rd 1910, as the first ever flew overhead Copenhagen.
Not forgetting Robert Svendsen, who as the first Dane held an international certificate issued January 15th 1910.
July 3rd 1910, Robert Svendsen became the first pilot in Scandinavia to fly passengers. It took place at the place which later should be "Kloevermarken" Airfield. From there he also made the first flight across Oeresund. It took place July 17th 1910, where he crossed the Sound and landed at Limhamn near Malmoe.
Further more Robert Svendsen September 2nd 1911 made the first postal flight in Scandinavia. He brought 150 letters across the Little Belt from Middelfart til Fredericia.

Aircraft production

The first 50 years of aviation history is a period where Denmark is very active within aviation and even aircraft production. In the early period it is common to produce aircrafts on license. The B&S monoplan was produced at the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in 1911, Avro 504 og Hawker Dankok was build at the Naval Shipyard  "Orlogsvaerftet" in 1925 and 1927. Not less than  44 Piper Cub, was build at Cub Aircraft Co. in Lundtofte during 1939.

But not all was on license. During the period 1936 until 1951, Kramme & Zeuthen developed and built around 200 of their famous KZ aircrafts (KZ I through KZ X) of which many still is in airworthy condition.
When this production ended it also marked the end of Danish aircraft production.

My Interest of aviation

When I think of the proud historical Danish connection to the development of aircrafts and aviation, I find it a little strange that only a very small group of persons outside the circles of pilots, has found it interesting, as a hobby, to research Danish aviation or aviation as such.

I am proud to say that I am one of the few.

Actually I have this interest in my genes.
My grandfather spend several days in 1910 as a spectator at the Kloevermarken Robert Svendsen prepared his flight to Sweden.

For a long period of time, I have had my need for aviation fully covered. For more that 35 years I have been working at Royal Danish Air Force Vaerloese. Now the politicians has ruled that there is no longer a need for an Air Force at the National Capital. The base will close. So in the future I will have to get my need for aviation covered at Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup.

My interest, which started in my childhood, is to look at the aircrafts, to register them and to make pictures of them.

Oh yes - and then to use the aircrafts as a passenger of course.

These pages about aviation and spotting are a description of my way of doing things, but maybe other people will have fun reading my scribbles.