Forest fires in Lower Saxony camera: L., Jürgens NATO helicopter training origin: Belgavox kayak and canoe World Cup origin: Novosti cutter segeln origin: Polygoon at the beginning and end of total length
This disaster: forest fire on the Heath a thrown away cigarette ends or self-ignition of grass after a long-lasting Trookenperiode: the cause of greatest conflagration in Lower Saxony since many Jahrsehnten will probably forever remain that in the dark. The Earth burned for a week between Gifhorn, Eschede.
5,000 firefighters, salvage tanks of the Bundeswehr and many thousand helpers were dar disaster at the beginning of the helpless face. Nobody had seen it coming, no one was prepared for it. Inadequate resources, a haphazard organization: set freely the fire gobbled down in the first few days by peat, forest and Heath.
Fire extinguishers forefather style: water was scarce. It had to be driven in tank trucks. Many tubes burned in the fire, that seitweise was 40 km away to see.
Firefighters, increased humidity protection zones around the fireplaces exhausted after uninterupted use, to curb the conflagration. They could only rarely penetrate to the herds of the fire. Volunteers and authorities called for help from the air. They brought water bomber aircraft from France. In several missions, she brought hundreds of tons of water on the burning forests and choked some fire in this way.
An interim balance sheet fell in the middle of this week despite dar free air aid from France bleak burnt from 5 firefighters, many came with smoke poisoning in the hospital. Many roads were blocked, even days after the outbreak of the fire, several villages had to be evacuated. More than 40,000 hectares of woodland and heathland burned down.
This flight school: fly in the mountains SAILLAGOUSE, a sleepy place in the Pyrenees, senses more recently a little by the scent of the big wide world. Whether intentionally or unintentionally want, not. Because the residents were not asked when France invited NATO to set up a school here for the helicopter pilot of the European land forces.
Point landing on the mountain. The pilots in the armed forces of their countries receive their basic training. Here they are trained in mountain flying. And that means among other things: fixed and mobile targets flying at and using each cover in the rugged landscape.
Moving targets offer rarely in the man empty valleys. Therefore, the pilots on the hat are that they do not miss the railbus, which crosses the Valley on a daily. The passengers frightened at the beginning have now accustomed to the goal approaches.
Sightseeing is included in the training. Monuments, tourist destinations in the high mountains, but also technical attractions of the present: the solar furnace of Fund Romeux around, or the ski training center France in the snowfields of the Pyrenees. After 15 days of intense debt, the helicopter pilots are suitable for high mountains. You leave the Pyrenees again - all with enhanced flying skills and quite a few with a new holiday tip.
In sports: Kayaking and canoeing Championships whitewater canoeists - these days they are objects of envy the heat-stricken Central Europeans in cool mountain streams swim without getting wet: for experienced canoe and kayaker no feat, but mere craft, which they control as safe as other repertoire.
Sometimes they don't. Because not only on the canoeists, also on the water, it is. Even experienced paddle athletes go swimming out behind their Kana if they poach in foreign territories. Torrential mountain rivers have their problems, also cameramen have learned to fear them.
At a continuous pace often faster, canoeists control towards the target through rapids and shallows where the title wave. The most important were awarded this time in Yugoslavia. On the river Treska and Radica, water athletes from 18 Nations competed for world titles.
Most medals went to East Germany, one to the Federal Republic. A year before the Olympic Games German canoeists paddling still always desperately behind the international peak here. Their medal hopes left behind it the Treska and Radica.
This leisure: was meanwhile regattas of the "Skutsjes" comfortable in Holland. 14 ships sailed for 14 days to a title has to offer only Holland: national champion in the mist boat ride. Nowhere else in the world, the failed Dick ships are to be found.
The 11-14 man crew have busy hands to keep the heavy boats on course. Especially if a stiff breeze in the 200 square meter sailing blast. In the 18th century, these ships mound soil and manure on the Frisian Lakes and rivers transported. They wore their first regatta already in 1813 from as "Workhorses" did they end of the 2nd world war service. Crap boats hard to the wind, a temptation for daring helmsman.
But soon they are back in the race. All HP tractors are posted on the regatta course, which runs through the waters of the province of Friesland.
It determines the best crew in 11 races. It is celebrated in Friesland, as if the Admiral she's Cup won.