LATVIAN AVIATION CHRONOLOGY 1925



1925
February 2 The Latvian Aero Club announces K.Irbitis to be the winner of the LAK Aircraft design competition.
February 16 E.Vitolins makes his first solo flight.

April 6 R.Kandis makes his first solo flight.
April 8 Z.Jere makes his first solo flight.
April 10 1st Lt. Alksnis, M.Kenins, J.Karklins & Ltn.Bilmanis make their first solo flights.

May 4 Ltn. Kapars makes his first solo flight.
May 13 E.Ginters makes his first solo flight.
May 23 Cipars, K.Alksnis & J.Kaire make their first solo flights.
May 30 - The Aero club decides to establish its own flight school. V.Popovs, a member of the Latvian Aero Club, tries to solve the club's airplane acquisition problem by purchasing an old Rumpler 2-seater from Sweden. The aircraft is sent to Riga for rebuild/repairs.
- P.Kirpitis makes his first solo flight.

June 13 The first flight of "Spriditis II", at Spilve, with Sgt. Fricis Sprogis piloting.

July 15 A.Batkovskis makes his first solo flight.
July 25 1st Lt. J.Rucels makes his first solo flight.
July 27 Dzenis makes his first solo flight.
July 30 Kalacis, Susters, Vistucis and Vasilevskis make their first solo flights.

August 3 DFW C.V #3 is crashed, pilot unknown.

October 12 1st Lt.Trejs makes his first solo flight.
October 13 Duncis makes his first solo flight.
October 15 Aboms, Launics & Grundmanis make their first solo flights.
October 16 Lt.Pelude makes his first solo flight.
October 20 The Aviation Regiment receives Avro 504Ks #36 and #37.
October 21 Lt.Strauja makes his first solo flight.
October 29 Lt.Zarins test flies and approves Avros #36 and #37.

November 2 The Aviation Regiment places an order for two Albatros B.II aircraft to be built by A.S. Christine Backman.
November 28 1st Lt.Ezernieks makes his first solo flight.

- H.Cukurs completes his first aeroplane, the C.1, at Liepaja.
- Spilve gets its first administrative building when the airline Deruluft builds a small office at the perimeter.
- The "Akciju Sabiedriba Christine Backman" opens a modest aircraft factory in the Riga suburb of Purvciems.
- Two IVL A.22 floatplanes are purchased from Ilmavoimeinen Valton Lentokneet in Finland. Within a year both had crashed by attempting to land in dense fog.
- Herberts Runka commissions carpenter Janis Knauke to begin construction of an airplane. Karlis Irbitis offers to design the plane, which when built is named the "Kaija".
- The Beardmore WB.26 is first flown, but subsequently rejected by the Latvians.




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