Pilot Walter Wartlsteiner and the Rhönbussard replica were launched off Seegrube at an altitude of 1,950 meters, using only a bungee cord and the strength of volunteers from the ISV club and the Hungerburg Fire Department. The glider plane accelerated from 0 – 80 km/h in a matter of seconds, then crisscrossed through the Innsbruck sky as onlookers cheered with joy. Mr. Wartlsteiner and the Rhönbussard soared above Innsbruck for approximately 15 minutes, ultimately landing at the Innsbruck Airport. Prior to the flight, the pilot made the rounds; greeting spectators, posing for photos and being interviewed by the multiple members of the media present to document this historic event. Other members of the club were also present to share information about membership, training and tours offered to the public. Add the glider plane tour to your Innsbruck to do list. You’ll be treated to a bird’s-eye view of the town and Alps, guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience you’ll tell for the rest of your life.
New bucket list item: Ride a glider plane in Innsbruck
The stunt show was performed by a separate glider plane that was towed by a motorize aircraft, then released in mid-air. The stunt plane mesmerize the spectators with barrel rolls, flips, plunges and sharp turns; at one point flying only meters above Restaurant Seegrube!