Challenge Cup

Fischer Sheet 73 | Michel Sheet 87 | Scott 2515a-2516a | Year of issue 1982 | People's Republic of Poland

50th anniversary of the first participation of Poland in the Challenge Cup.


Sheet 73
Fischer 2658-2659 and a map of the flight schedules

Glossary

Franciszek Żwirko (1895-1932), Polish pilot.
Stanisław Wigura (1901-1932), Polish airplane engineer.
Franciszek Żwirko and Stanisław Wigura won the Challenge Cup in 1932 in their RWD6 airplane. Less then a month after the Challenge Cup, Franciszek Żwirko and Stanisław Wigura died in an accident in Terlicko, Czechoslovakia on 11 September 1932.
Jerzy Bajan and Gustaw Pokrzywka won the Challenge Cup in 1934 in their RWD9 airplane.
RWD are the initial letters of Stanisław Rogalski, Stanisław Wigura and Jerzy Drzewiecki, the designers of the airplane.
The map shows the routes of the roundtrips of both airplanes. The black line shows the Challenge 1932 flight and the red line shows the Challenge 1934 flight.
The Challange 1932 roundtrip was a 7363 km race over Europe on a path: Berlin - Warsaw - Kraków - Prague - Vienna - Zagreb - Vicenza - Rimini - Rome - Bellinzona - Cannes - Lyon - Stuttgart - Bonn - Paris - Rotterdam - Hamburg - Göteborg - Berlin.

Relevant pages

Fischer 259 and its overprints Fischer 268-269
Fischer 2658-2659

Translations

Międzynarodowe zawody samolotów turystycznych = International airflight cup.
Challenge 1932 1934 Zwycięzcy = Challenge 1932 1934 Cups.
1932 F. Żwirko, S. Wigura = 1932 Franciszek Żwirko, Stanisław Wigura.
1934 J. Bajan, G. Pokrzywka = 1934 Jerzy Bajan, Gustaw Pokrzywka.
Skróty = Abbreviations.
Trasy latów okrężnych = Routes of the airplanes' roundtrips.

Berlin = Berlin (East Germany).
Warszawa = Warsaw (Poland).
Kraków = Cracow (Poland).
Praga = Prague (Czechoslovakia).
Brno = Brno (Czechoslovakia).
Wiedeń = Vienna (Austria).
Zagreb = Zagreb (Yougoslavia).
Vicenza = Vicenza (Italy, not mentioned on the sheet).
Rimini = Rimini (Italy).
Rzym = Rome (Italy).
Florencja = Firenze (Florence, Italy).
Bellinzona = Bellinzona (Switzerland).
Turyn = Torino (Turin, Italy).
Cannes = Cannes (France).
Lyon = Lyon (France).
St. Gallen = Sankt Gallen (Saint Gallen, Switzerland).
Stuttgart = Stuttgart (West Germany).
Bonn = Bonn (West Germany).
Paryż = Paris (France).
Deauville = Deauville (France).
Rotterdam = Rotterdam (Netherlands).
Dortmund = Dortmund (West Germany).
Hamburg = Hamburg (West Germany).
Kopenhaga = Copenhagen (Denmark).
Göteborg = Göteborg (Sweden).

Królewiec = Kaliningrad (Soviet Union).
Wilno = Vilnius (Lithuania).
Lwów = Lviv (Ukraine).
Katowice = Katowice (Poland).
Palermo = Palermo (Sicily, Italy).
Tunis = Tunis (Tunesia).
Biskira = Biskra (Algeria).
Algier = Algiers (Algeria).
Sidi-Bu-I-Abbas = Sidi Bel Abbès (Algeria).
Meknes = Meknes (Morocco).
Casablanca = Casablanca (Morocco).
Sewilla = Sevilla (Spain).
Madryt = Madrid (Spain).
Pau = Pau (France).
Bordeaux = Bordeaux (France).
Bruksela = Brussels (Belgium).
Kolonia = Köln (Cologne, West Germany).