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Klemm Kl 35

When the Klemm Kl 35 took off on its first flight in the year 1935, it was meant to be purely for military use as a training and sporting aircraft. However, when the fully aerobatic aeroplane was shown at the International Air Show in Milan that same year, it soon became interesting for private buyers.
The fuselage of the machine was made of a tubular steel construction, the wings and tail unit were made of wood and some lining parts were made of light alloy. 17,500 Reichsmark were set as purchase price. Some machines were also bought by the Swedish Air Force. Of those machines, about 20 came back to Germany in 1955 and were overhauled there. Liesel Bach acquired one of them in 1956. Liesel Bach, born in 1905, was an exceptional sportswoman. She was a successful diver, but she was also interested in track and field athletics, tennis and horse-riding. From 1930, she was the German Ladies Aerobatics Champion for a number of years. Later she also won the title in International Ladies Aerobatics Championships. She started for numerous competitions with her Klemm Kl 35B, with a 160hp Hirth engine and in 1963, for example, she won the European Championship in Ladies Aerobatics.
At the beginning of the 1990s, the machine was taken to the German Museum of Technology in Berlin, was restored from 1996 and can be viewed in the exhibition there.




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