27 Januar 2012
Yesterday I went to Dortmund for the TV show "Planet Wissen", which will be aired on Feb 9th at 15.00 on WDR, later that day on BR as well. One complete hour about hang gliding, lots of different stories, like the Aconcagua flight of Angelo d´Arrigo.
Dirk Soboll did a tandem flight with a presenter of the show, and they also interviewed Volkmar Kienöl who had tried to escape East Germany in a hang glider. His friend and him had set up the glider in Berlin on a high rise building close to the Berlin Wall. Take off was the problem, as they could not run properly to get off the rooftop. When the first pilot crashed, the second did not try but went to help his friend and wanted to try to go to Czechoslovakia, but they failed and were imprisoned for a year. Claus Gerhard wrote about this story in his book "Der begrenzte Himmel".
It was fun to talk a full hour about hang gliding - I hope a lot of people will enjoy this show. First time in German TV that they have such a detailed and well researched documentary about our sport!