July 26 - 1928: German glider sets new world record in Truro

1925: Yachts race around Cape Cod. 1981: Extolling the National Seashore on its 20th birthday
Glider pilots Paul Laubenthal, Paul-Franz Röhre and Peter Hesselbach on the way to the USA where they set a a new world record for a motorless aircraft.

1928: A windy day at Highland Light many years ago today

Sets new world record of 4 hours 5 minutes aloft

On this day in 1938, a German pilot from the Dormstadt Academic flying group came to Highland Light in Truro where he set a new world record for a motorless aircraft.

A strong easterly wind kept the 300-pound glider aloft just under one hour. Peter Hesselbach of Leipsic, Germany was the ace of the Dormstadt Academic flying group. 

He launched his craft from the then eigthy foot high bluffs at Highland Golf Club and remained aloft for fift-eight minutes in the 300-pound motorless glider. The photo is of a Prüfling" glider identical to the one described here..

The glider sailed 1,500 feet out over the Atlantic thrilling the crowds gathered to witness the event. The next day he kept the glider aloft for over four hours, and there were plans laid to establish a Glider School at Corn Hill on the bayside. A few days later Peter Hesselbach set a new duration record of 4 hours 5 minutes.   Read the story below:


(In 1938 the new Marconi Station wasn't the only hot news out of Truro, both Corn Hill and Highland areas were centers for record-setting motorless aircraft studies. Above are two examples of the era.)

1925: Yachts race around Cape Cod

In 1925 the crews of twenty-five sailing yachts and three power boats took part in a 236 nautical mile race that began off Long Island Sound and wound around Cape Cod.

Read the story below.

1981: 20th birthday of the National Seashore Park

On this day in 1981, summer resident Elsworth Rosen wrote in the NY Times:

There is a special beauty to Cape Cod, in its wildness and expanse, in its shimmering calmness and fragility. One of the best ways to savor this beauty and to experience the different moods and sharp contrasts of the cape is to walk the trails of the Cape Cod National Seashore. There are 10 in all between Eastham and Provincetown, each combining fascinating vistas with opportunities to expand one's knowledge of man in nature.

Generally gentle, almost gracious, the trails have been part of our family's life for almost two decades. The national seashore will mark its 20th anniversary this August, and our family has owned a beach house in the seashore from the inception. (Yes, one can own property in the 27,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore. There are 2,000 houses, but no further building is allowed.)

Part of each year's ritual has been for my wife and me, together with whichever of our children were with us at the time, to "say hello" to the trails as well as to the ocean and to our favorite Wellfleet pond. Springtime, always slow in arriving at the cape, somehow became more official from the vantage point of the Nauset Marsh Trail with its enticing views of marsh, meadow and water. No autumn would be complete without a return visit to see how deeply the low-lying bayberry leaves had been tinted... read the rest here.

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