Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov and Commissioner Don Hartsell showing the WSR Challenge Coin

The Federation of Russia Chamber of Commerce encourages Frankfurt am Main for a Milestone Host Site

September 29 - October 1, 2009

FRANKFURT am MAIN AND FRIEDRICHSHAFEN GERMANY - The Federation of Russia Chamber of Commerce commenced a campaign of developing cooperative ties with the World Air League. "The Chamber shares the affirmative vision of the World Sky Race and seeks to have a greater role for Russia in this historic competition," Sergej Rodionov Managing Director of the Federation of Russia Chamber of Commerce for the German State of Hesse. The cooperation program activities included Russian Cosmonaut General Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov who, on March 18, 1965, became the first human to conduct a space walk.

Sergej Rodionov and Hans-Dieter Hillmoth
at the Frankfurt HQ for Radio/Tele FFH

In his tribute and toast, Commissioner Don Hartsell of the World Air League said, "We are honored that the World Sky Race has the endorsement of Cosmonaut Leonov. As the Commander of the Soviet side of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, the first joint space mission between Soviet Union and USA, General Leonov is an historic pioneer at the highest level of aviation and astronautic competitions. He is a living legend whose example is that great and enduring friendships can be created by earnest competition."

The Russian Chamber of Commerce coordinated meeting Mr. Hans-Dieter Hillmoth, CEO and Program Director for Radio/Tele FFH. In the German State of Hesse, FFH is the largest private radio station and is also the event organizer for large scale civic celebrations including the Wolkenkratzer Festival (Skyscraper Festival).

ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik
GmbH home base in Friedrichshafen, Germany

Representatives of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Moskovskij Komsomolitz (MK Germany, a branch of the largest private publishing company in Russia) traveled with WAL to tour onboard a Zeppelin NT over the Bodensee (Lake Constance) region of southern Germany, near the borders with Switzerland and Austria. The program included Alexej Gusev, Journalist and Managing Director MK Germany.

The tour with the Russian Chamber began at ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH home base in Friedrichshafen, Germany. In the early 20th century, German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin pioneered manned flight in Friedrichshafen. The Count developed a rigid lighter-than-air skyship, a type of aircraft which still bears his name. Today, the company manufacturers and operates the Zeppelin NT.

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