The first glider in Greece was a Falke. It was bougth from Germany as a display item for an
aeronautical exhibition in Athens in May 1932. After the exhibition it was carried to Tatoi airport
in the north of Athens. Some pilots who had flown gliders abroad were supposed to fly it
but we have no picture of it flying before 1938.
In the end of 1933 Air Force engineers Koskoros and Boukas built two Zoegling primary gliders. In the summer of 1934 N.Koskoros started gliding flights in a salting in Voula (south of Athens). A newspaper of June 4 1934 has printed following photo:
With the autumn rains the salting was filled with water and the flights were suspended.
Here a Zoegling primary is seen by the sea in front of the KEA Air Force factory in Phaliron. It is probaly the second Zoegling that was kept by the technicians of the factory. In the background is the town of Piraeus.
Between 1936 and 1940 gliding was on the rise, with many clubs and many gliders. Gliding camps and meetings were common.
A team of Faliron Aeroclub flying in the north of Athens (Pyrgos Vassilissis) in 1938.
First flight of Alexandros Audis in P.Faliro (Panagitsa) in 1938.
George Peschke has gathered a small gliding team in the island of Skyros. Here he is seen with some of his students.
A.Audis in Skyros during a gliding meeting (August 1939). The glider "Diavolos" was built by George Pangakis in the Technical University of Athens.
"Diavolos" glider in Skyros island, with Mourzos. Mourzos is the mule seen at the background. He was used to bring the glider back on the hill.
A.Audis with a Gruene Post during the gliding camp in Velestino, where about 40 gliders were gathered (June 1940).
Adossidis in Thebe in a Gruenau Baby. It was built by Raab factory in Greece. Note the oval cockpit of Raab's Babies instead of the standard hexagonal.
The day before the outbreak of WW2 in Greece (27.10.1940) Pangakis and Papamatheakis flew consequativly a Gruene Post in Thessaloniki for what was then long duration flights. Here G.Pangakis is seen ready to take off.