1956: It all started when I became 6 years old. My father had a colleague, Gerd Mix from Kollmar at the Elbe river, who was a model maker. So my dad asked his colleague if he could build us a flying model that I should be given as a birthday present. It was a rubber powered model of very light construction with tissue covering. We had it fly in the garden behind our house in the Goethestraße in Elmshorn. Since we did not get enough turns into the rubber, the flights were very short. But I was fascinated and became hooked.