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NSFK Sponsoring Members Vehicle Pennant - Click for the bigger picture

NSFK Sponsoring Members Vehicle Pennant

The Treaty of Versailles prevented Germany from having an actual Air Force, therefore all aeronautical training was undertaken under the guise of the DLV (Deutscher Luftsport-Verband), formed in 1933 and the NSFK (National Socialist Flying Corp) took over from the DLV in 1937. The NSFK was run on strict paramilitary lines, with most students members of the Hitler Youth. They were taught the basics of aviation via model aircraft and were able to take flights in gliders from the age of 14 with progression to powered flight that led to the start of formal Luftwaffe training. Thus Germany circumvented the constraints of Versailles and had a meaningful trained air force by 1939. The NSFK continued to exist after the Luftwaffe was founded, but to a much smaller degree and mainly performed air defence duties such as a reserve anti-aircraft service. All NSFK related equipment is now very scarce. This fine original example features a woven image of Icarus, the mythological god who flew too close to the sun with wax wings. The figure is highly detailed and in each hand he is holding handles which are attached to his outstretched wings with the letters "NSFK" above and a swastika below, with oak leaves and the letter F to the bottom rim. This signifies a "Förderer" or ‘Sponsor’, indicating that this was given to German nationals who made a monthly contribution to the NSFK. The original cord is still in place with a slightly rusty metal spring clip to the top and loop fastening to bottom. The end of the pennant is reinforced with multiple rows of stitching. The side as pictured here is in near perfect display condition with just one minor rust stain. The reverse side carries a woven fabric manufacturers label named to Fahnenrichter 1869 Köln. Research indicated this company was established in 1869 and is a family firm now in its 6th generation and still in business and operating from Köln today. The reverse side also features the same Icarus based imagery. The fabric is not in quite such good shape with two minor areas of damage, possibly caused by moth. Despite this an excellent and scarce example in great display condition. In a market now sadly filled with fake items we can absolutely guarantee this item, which came from an defunct museum display and is the real deal with a full money back guarantee to authenticity. It measures 14.5” x 8.5” (17 cm x 22 cm)