Kaiserlichen Aero Club Berlin - Cap Badge New or Aged
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The former airport Berlin-Johannisthal was opened in 1909 as one of the very first (if not the first) civilian airports in Germany. The airfield was home to the Kaiserlichen (Imperial) Aero-Club.
This badge is perfect for:
- Mounting your genuine German State Eagle badge.
- Role, Steampunk and Cosplay
- Replicating a Count Zeppelin Cap
- Aircraft & Zeppelin Collectors
- Aviation Collectors
At the time the airport was known as "Motorflugplatz Johannistal-Adlershof".
The badge is replicated from an original. This version is offered with or without the German State (Prussian),eagle metal badge, so if you have a genuine state eagle you can mount it on the badge. We also sell the the two pronged state Prussian eagle.
Two of the major club members were:Karl Hackstetter architect, government architect and air sports pioneer and Ferdinand von Zeppelin, (Airship Designer). It is 55mm tall and 43mm wide. The Prussian eagle measures 15mm tall x 14mm wide and there is a slight curve to the badge. The two prongs are 10mm long.
At the bottom of the page is visual information on the Kaiserlichen Aero Club and in particular Karl Hackstetter.
Johannistal-Adlershof attracted a mix of adventurers and pioneers. From 1910 it became home to well known aviation companies. Companies like "Fokker Aeroplanbau", "Albatros Werke AG", "Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft AG" (LVG), "E. Rumpler Luftfahrzeugbau GmbH" and "Flugmaschine-Wright-Gesellschaft mbH".
A second airship hangar (the Zeppelin-Halle) was completed in September/October 1911. The hangar was used by the German Imperial Navy for their airships. With the outbreak of World War I the aviation industry became militarised.
Ferdinand von Zeppelin was a club member and there are many pictures of him wearing his club cap. Count Zeppelin died in 1917, before the end of World War I, therefore he did not witness either the provisional shutdown of the Zeppelin project due to the Treaty of Versailles or the second resurgence of the Zeppelins under his successor Hugo Eckener.
The last two pictures show the Deutsche Lufschiffer Verband (DVL), Yearbook. Hackstetter is License #13. He was an airship commander for Parseval the military airship.