WHAT: Cukurs flight to Tokyo
WHEN: October 21, 1936 - July 16, 1937
WHO: Herberts Cukurs
- On October 21, 1936 Cukurs embarked on his second epic flight, this time to Tokyo, Japan.
Once again, the destination was selected because of others' failures - at least four other
aviators from other European nations had tried a similar flight and failed.
- This flight was much longer than his first, with stopovers in Lithuania, Germany, Hungary,
Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Burma, China, Viet Nam, Korea and, finally, Japan.
The total round trip was 40,350 km (twice that of the Gambia trip) and, aside from an incident in Hong Kong, was relatively free of
- The aircraft was his new C.6 "Tris Zvaigznes" (Three Stars) which he had completed
in the spring of 1936. It was assigned the registration number YL-ABA and, while it was a
two-seater, he made the flight alone.
- He damaged the undercarriage when taking off from Hong Kong. He flew
to Hanoi but had to wait there through the winter of 1936-37 while replacement parts were sent from France.
- After the undercarriage was repaired, he completed the journey returning to Spilve, Riga without further
incident, arriving on July 16, 1937.
Irbitis, Karlis Of Struggle and Flight pg.73
Sparnota Latvija, No. 37, July 1937, pg.234
Many thanks to Ian D. Johnson for providing materials pertaining to the Hong Kong leg of the flight.
Profile courtesy of Arvo Vercamer
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