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In July 1930, two outstanding aviators, Franciszek Żwirko, together with Stanisław Wigura, took part in the international 1930 Challenge tourist planes competition flying the RWD-4 aircraft. On 25 July, the pilots had to withdraw due to an engine failure after a forced landing in Spain.

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In July 1930, two outstanding aviators, Franciszek Żwirko, together with Stanisław Wigura, took part in the international 1930 Challenge tourist planes competition flying the RWD-4 aircraft. On 25 July, the pilots had to withdraw due to an engine failure after a forced landing in Spain. On 7 September 1930, they again won the II Flight of South-West Poland flying the RWD-2 plane, at the turn of September and October they won the III National Light Aircraft Competition (on RWD-4 plane), and at the turn of September and October 1931 – the IV National Tourist Aircraft Competition (on RWD-5 plane).
On 7 August 1931, Franciszek Żwirko and Stanisław Prauss attempted to break the flight altitude record with the RWD-7 plane, reaching an altitude of 5,996 m, but the FAI federation did not recognize it due to non-standard measuring instruments. On 22 December 1931, Żwirko was transferred from the position held at the Aero Club to the post of commander of the squadron of the Aviation Officers Training Centre in Dęblin. In April 1932, Żwirko was qualified by the Polish Aero Club Commission to represent Poland in the Tourist Plane Competition Challenge 1932. He chose Stanisław Wigura as the second crew member. In the competition held on 20–28 August 1932, the crew of Żwirko and Wigura flying the RWD-6 plane, took first place, winning against the German crew considered to be favourites and teams from other countries and winning great success for Polish aviation, which was a joint achievement for the pilot and constructor. In memory of this event, the Polish Aviation Day is celebrated on 28th August. The porcelain plaque was funded by the German Aero Club and handed to Franciszek Żwirko after his winning flight.


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The German Aero Club memorial plaque for the pilot Lieutenant Franciszek Żwirko

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