THE ROUND-GERMANY FLIGHT 1925
Som Preliminary Results, From Flight JUNE 18, 1925
THE preliminary results of the Round-Germany Competition have now been issued by the German Aero-Club. These results are still subject to minor changes which may be made as a result of more accurate information as to actual distances covered and changes made in machines, engines or pilots, but are not likely to be very much altered, at any rate as regards prize winners. The Rundflug machines were, it will be recollected, divided into three classes, Class A having engines up to 40 h.p.. Class B from 40 to 80 h.p., and Class C from 80 to 120 h.p. The machines in Classes A and B competed for the prize of 100,000 gold marks (£5,000) offered by the Berliner Zeiiung am Mittag, while the machines of Class C competed for the Boelcke prize of 50,000 gold marks (£2,500). Finally, there was the Richthofen prize of 45,000 gold marks devoted to special prizes for machines using German engines, and divided equally among the three classes.
Of the machines in Class A, five completed enough of the circuits to bring them into consideration for the prizes, although none got through with full marks. The winner of the first prize in this class was the little twin-engined MercedesDaimler L.21, with two Mercedes engines of 19 h.p. each.
This machine carried the number 623 in the competition, and was piloted by Loerzer. 'We believe that actually this machine covered the entire distance in the five circuits, but changes made in the engines reduced the total mileage figure awarded to 3,219 kms. (2,000 miles). This machine thus won first prize in Class A (25,000 marks). Second and third in this class were the two single-engined Mercedes-Daimler light monoplanes, type L.20, each fitted with a 19 h.p. Mercedes engine. No. 608, piloted by Schrenk, obtained "Tomtit," piloted by Fuchs, is credited with 1,320 kms. (820 miles) which is by no means bad for a machine fitted with such low h.p.
In Class B, seven machines covered the total distance of 5,242 kms. (3,250 miles) without incurring negative marks : 1, No. 660, the Udet U.10 with 58 h.p. Siemens engine, piloted by Hochmuth (lst prize, 25,000 marks) ; 2, No. 639, the Baumer monoplane, with 60 h.p. Wright engine, piloted by Baumer himself (2nd prize, 15,000 marks) ; 3, No. 634, the Dietrich D. P. Vila, with 70 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Katzenstein (3rd prize, 10,000 marks); 4, No. 633, :the Dietrich D.P. Vila, 70 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Raab ; 5, No. 654, Junkers K.16, 70 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Roeder ; 6, No. 652, The Dietrich D.B. II, with 79 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Auffahrt, and 7, No. 651, the Albatros L.68, 70 h.p. Siemens piloted by V. Richthofen. Of the machines in Class C, competing for the Boelcke prize, thirteen completed the course, the prizes being awarded as. follows : 1, No. 662, the Caspar C.T.I, 80-5 h.p. Mercedes, piloted by Ritter (1st prize, 25,000 marks). This machine was originally placed in Class B, but under test the engine developed 80-5 h.p., and so put the machine into Class C ; 2, No. 653, the Junkers K. 16, 81 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Wenke (2nd prize, 15,000 marks). (This machine was also moved up from Class B), and 3, No. 666, Junkers T.29, 82 h.p. Junkers L.l.B. piloted by Schnabele (3rd prize, 10,000 marks) ; 4, No. 665, The Junkers T.26, 83-5 Junkers, piloted by Funke (approximately 79 hours) ; 5, No. 655, The Dietrich DP. 11A, 83-5 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Dietrich himself (approximately 98 hours) ; 6, No. 661, the Udet U.12 " Flamingo," 84 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Kern ; 7, No. 644, the Dietrich D.P. IIA, 87-6 h.p. Siemens, piloted by Carganico ; 8, No. 680, the Heinkel H.D.21, 106-5 h.p. Mercedes, piloted by Basser ; 9, No. 670, the Udet U.8, 109 h.p. Bristol " Lucifer," piloted by Polte ; 10, No. 691, the Heinkel H.D.21, 109 h.p. Mercedes, piloted by Junck : 11, No. 685, the Heinkel H.D.21, llOSh.p,
Mercedes, piloted by Zander ; 12, No. 678, the Heinkel H.D.32 100 h.p. Bristol, piloted by Lorenz ; and 13, No. 690, the Albatros L.30, 100 h.p. Mercedes piloted by Krupp. In the competition for the Richthofen prize (for machines using German engines), Mercedes has won 1st prize and Junkers 2nd and 3rd prizes.
Although not among the prize-winning three in any classs, the few British engines which were used have accredited themselves very well indeed, and it is at any rate satisfactory to know that the Bristol " Lucifers " in the Udet U.VIII., piloted by Polte, and in the Heinkel H.D.32, piloted by Lorenz, covered the total distance of well over 3,000 miles. The Albatros L.69 monoplane was not completed in time to be thoroughly tuned up before the race, and so the Bristol " Lucifer," with which it was fitted, did not get quite a fair opportunity of showing what it could do. Otherwise, this machine should have figured well in the list, as it must certainly have been far and away the fastest machine in the whole competition. Among the smaller British engines which had been entered, only one actually competed, owing to the non-starting of many of the light 'planes. The single specimen was the Blackburne " Tomtit," fitted in the Darmstadt " Mohamed," which must really be said to have done extremely well considering its low horse-power.