Festivals
Date: July 11, 1937
Location: Kuldiga
Known Personnel: B.Azelickis, K.Bandenieks A.Baumanis, R.Celmins, V.Dimza, T.Gailitis, Gesauss, J.Indans, Nikolajs Jevlampjevs, N.Jevlampjevs Jr., A.Lasmanis, K.Lesinskis, B.Petersons, Rasevics, Imants Sleiters, A.Strazdins, L.Svalbe
Aircraft Known to be Involved: LKOD-2 (In total, 5 aircraft from the Aizsargi, two aircraft, ('Ventas Erglis' and 'Vanags'), and one high-performance glider from the Latvian Aero Club and two gliders from Kuldiga's own club)
Details:
  • The fourth (and to that point, largest) Aviation Festival held in Kuldiga.
  • Organized by the 14th Kuldigas Aizsargi and the Kuldiga branch of the Latvian Aero Club. The venue was the Kuldiga aerodrome, about 3 km from the town.
  • The Program, as advertised:
    • 13:00 Event opens, aircraft are lined up on parade for inspection. Pilots available to answer questions.
    • 15:00 Opening ceremonies.
    • 16:30 Flight Demonstration Begins, Including:
      • Training flight demonstration
      • Group flight by the 14th Aizsargu aircraft
      • Formation flights
      • Aerobatics
      • Simulated aerial combat
      • Parachute jump
      • Bombing demonstration
    • After the demonstration, candies (on tiny parachutes) were dropped for the children, and a number of spectators received rides in aeroplanes.
    • In the evening, a buffet meal was prepared with dancing until 4 am.
  • The show was opened by gliders being towed by aircraft, what the Latvians refer to as an "air train", a formation seen for the first time in Kuldiga.
  • Civil Aviation inspector J.Indans was present and addressed the crowd.
  • Among the many aerial demonstrations was a parachute jump by K.Lesinskis, jumping from an LKOD-2 piloted by V.Dimza at a height of 500 metres and glider demonstrations by local pilots Rasevics and Gesauss.
  • As was the custom at the time, the show ended with candies (on tiny parachutes) being dropped from the sky into the crowd.
  • After the show, over 25 people were taken up for flights in the two-seaters.
  • It is estimated that the performance drew a crowd of over 10,000 people.

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Sources

Jaunais Kurzemnieks July 7, 1937
Jaunais Kurzemnieks July 14, 1937
Latvijas Kareivis July 9, 1937
Latvijas Kareivis July 13, 1937
Sparnota Latvija No.37/38, July/August 1937, pg.233

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