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Karlis Irbitis

IRBITIS, KARLIS

  • 1904, Oct.14 - Born: near Valmiera, Latvia
  • 1925 - Graduated from the National Technology Institute in Riga
  • 1925 - Designed the P-2 (I-1) "Spriditis"
  • 1926 - 1930 - employed by A.S.Christine Backman, Riga
  • 1926 - Designed the P-3 (I-2) "Ikars"
  • 1930 - 1942 - employed by VEF, Riga
  • 1930 - Designed the I-5 "Ikars II"
  • 1933 - Designed the I-6 "Gambija"
  • 1933 - Designed the I-7 "Zilais Putns"
  • 1934 - designs the logo for VEF, still in use today
  • 1934 - Designed the I-8 "Zilais Putns II"
  • 1936 - Designed the I-11
  • 1937 - Designed the I-12
  • 1937 - Designed the I-14
  • 1938 - Bronze medal from the Latvian Aeroclub
  • 1939 - Designed the I-15a and I-15b
  • 1939 - Involved in building Akerman's JDA-10M
  • 1939 - Overseas member of the American Aeronautical and Astronomical Institute
  • 1940 - Designed the I-16
  • 1941 - Designed the I-17
  • 1942 - 1948 - administrator, Messerschmidt Bavaria, Germany
  • 1950 - developed system of control devices for the vertical take-off airplane CL-84
  • 1950 - 1971 - Engineer, Canadair Ltd, Montreal
  • 1954 - membership in the Canadian Aeronautical Institute
  • 1963 - Canadian patent (# 822575) for a control system for aircraft
  • 1964 - Canadian patents (# 683335, 683336) for pneumatic propeller drive systems
  • 1970 - McCurdy Award for the VSTOL CL-84 project
  • 1971 - 1973 - Consultant, Canadair Ltd, Montreal
  • 1976 - 1978 - Constulant, McGill University, Montreal
  • 1986 - Publishes "Of Struggle and Flight"
  • 1986 - Tom Fairley Award for book design (for "Of Struggle and Flight")
  • 1992 - Honorary Doctorate of Engineering bestowed by the Latvian Academy of Science
  • 1997 - Latvian translation of "Of Struggle and Flight" is published
  • 1997, Oct.13 - Died: Ville St.Laurent, Quebec, Canada

Sources


- Of Struggle and Flight Irbitis, Karlis
- Inventors of Latvia" website
- K.Irbitis Photo Album website

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