Events
WHAT: Latvian Navy receives its first airplane

WHEN: July 30, 1924

WHERE: Daugava, at Riga

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DETAILS
  • On July 30, 1924, General Eduards Kalnins presented the Navy with their first aircraft, a Hanriot HD-17 seaplane.
  • The aircraft had been purchased in France with funds donated by the general public.
  • Latvian ship "Virsaitis" transported the airplane, which had been named "Aizsargs I" ('Protector I"), to the ceremony on the Daugava River, at Riga.


SOURCES

- Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Prieditis, E. Latvijas Kara Flote

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