The motto of the Olympic movement is usually used in German as “Höher, schneller, weiter” (“Higher, faster, further”). These three words, which do not quite correspond to the original, describe both the aspirations of the athletes, those of the aeronautical engineers and courageous aeronauts, and those of the postal administrations, which were urged by their customers to focus on faster mail transport. These three pillars are in focus, with the history of the Olympic movement, presented here in stages from an aerophilatelic point of view, providing the structure. Purely sporting aspects are only rarely referred to.
The volume 2 starts with the aeronautical camp in Switzerland in 1935, where the glider pilot Schreiber crossed as first man the Alps – then honoured during the Olympic 1936 with a old medal.
The Olympics 1936 are in the focus – the flights of the airship LZ 129 with the Olympic rings with special consideration of the Olympic flight, airmail items from the Olympic sites. Also Tokyo, Helsinki and Lausanne in 1944 are considered.
Olympic history covered by airmail.