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History of Aeroclub Mostar in 1949.

Chance wanted the unification of the two Mostar aeroclubs to happen exactly on the 100th anniversary of the construction of the first airport in Mostar. Namely, in 1911, Austria built a military airport in the area of the local community of Jasenica, thus placing Mostar among the rare cities in the world that already had an airport at the beginning of the last century. Mostar was not chosen as the aviation center at the time by chance. The mild Mediterranean climate, without winter fog, and access to the airport from both the north and the south practically enabled its use throughout the year. 

With the arrival of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the Military Aviation Academy was formed in Mostar. Many of the pilots from the Mostar academy bravely resisted the German fighter planes during the attack on Yugoslavia in 1941, and in the unequal air battles, which took place over Mostar, a considerable number lost their lives. Continuing this rich flying tradition, an aero club was formed in Mostar shortly after the end of World War II. More precisely, already in 1948, the Modeling Section was formed in the then Trade Academy, and then in 1949, Aeroklub Mostar started its work. That year, the first group of paratroopers completed training, and in the middle of 1950, the first group of young men and women from Mostar completed theoretical and then practical training for glider pilots. Continuing the continuous success in the training of young pilots, in 1951, the training on airplanes of the first motor pilots was successfully completed. Since then, every year, new modelers, paratroopers, glider pilots and airplane pilots have started training at the Mostar Aeroclub. In 1955, Aeroclub Mostar received the status of Aviation School, which annually trained an average of 30 aviation modelers, 10 glider pilots, 8 motor pilots and 15 paratroopers. In its 62 years of existence, including interruptions during and after the last war, Aeroklub Mostar gathered a total of more than 13,000 members, of which 1,200 successfully completed parachute training, more than 800 airplane and glider pilot training, and about 3,000 aviation modellers.  ;

The successful work of the Aeroclub should also be attributed to the fact that it had secured infrastructure at the Jasenica military airport, a hangar, partly fuel and other supporting facilities provided by the army. It should also be emphasized that the Military Aircraft Factory "SOKO" operated in Mostar, which  also provided the Aeroclub with personnel and material logistics from time to time. Aeroclub Mostar also regularly trained glider pilots for cadets of the Mostar Aviation Military Gymnasium, which was an additional source of income. 

In its fruitful work, Aeroklub Mostar recorded very significant successes in domestic, European and even world competitions. Two world records were won in the number of parachute jumps in one day, one of which was achieved by women. Also, the third place in the world was won in the aviation modeling category with the F1-A glider. In addition to world records, several European, national and republic records were also recorded. Aeroklub Mostar was also a successful organizer of several air rallies at the state and republic level, then the organizer of several air shows, and especially achieved significant success as the organizer of international competitions in aviation modeling called "SOKO CUP", today "MOSTAR CUP", which was recorded in the world cup. The organization of the European Championship in 1980 and 1990 should be singled out here. World Junior Modeling Championship. It was simultaneously  the first and only organization of a World Championship in the city of Mostar. Numerous pilots from the Mostar Aeroclub continued their flying careers as professionals in passenger air traffic. In the former Yugoslavia, there were several pilots and captains of planes of the then state-owned company JAT, on domestic, continental and intercontinental flights. Even today, our pilots fly in numerous foreign airlines - American, Turkish, Indonesian, Croatian, Serbian, etc. One of our pilots has been in America for more than 15 years as the captain of the B 747, until recently the largest passenger plane in the world. 

Until the beginning of the last war, Aeroklub Mostar was one of the strongest sports and technical associations in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia in terms of personnel and financial potential. He owned a large hangar at the Jasenica airport, which housed 6 planes, 7 gliders and one motor glider. In the hangar annex for the parachute section, there were more than 50 parachutes. Also in the city, the Aeroclub had more than 300 square meters of club and office space. During the war, all our aircraft and parachutes were appropriated by the then JNA, as war booty. Today, the largest number of these planes and gliders are in several aero clubs in the Republic of Serbia, and some in the Republic of Srpska. Our hangar, as well as the club premises in the city, were badly devastated, so that after the war it was impossible to restore the work of the flying and parachute section. Only aviation modelers continued their work, but in two separate aero clubs, on the two banks of the Neretva. Although in very modest conditions, with almost no financial support, usually with self-financing, modelers from both clubs continued to achieve notable successes in various domestic and international competitions.  Today, we operate as a unique Aeroklub Mostar, which makes us the legal successors of the pre-war Aeroklub and thus opens up space for much higher quality work and renovation of all flying and parachuting sections, as well as the introduction of new ones -  modeling, paragliding, hang-gliding, ballooning, and aviation self-building and construction. , as well as any other sections of aviation sports.

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