WHAT: Nikolajs Pulins Flight to Sweden
WHEN: July 26 - 29, 1932
WHO: Nikolajs Pulins
- Pulins had considered flying to Sweden in "Ikars I", but had been dissuaded by the unreliability of the engine.
- Upon completing "Ikars II" with its almost new engine he was ready to make his flight.
- He borrowed a compass, acquired maps from his brother (a ship's captain) and, on June 26 1932, he departed from Ventspils.
- Pulins experienced some engine trouble just past Gotlande, and he was forced to throw all non-essentials overboard to lighten
the load and maintain altitude.
- With no maps remaining, he had to land and ask directions, learning that he had overshot his destination (Stockholm) by
about 70 km, passing to the south.
- He refuelled and completed the flight without further incident.
- The trip included one passenger - a rabbit from the Ogre region. The celebrity rabbit was ceremonially released into
the forest near Stockholm.
- On July 29 he flew back to Latvia, flying over Ventspils and, without landing, continuing on to Riga without difficulty.
Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
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