Festivals
Date: August 21, 1938
Location: Riga (Spilve Aerodrome)
Known Personnel: Aboms, T.Abrams, Ansons, J.Balodis, Bambers, Bandenieks, J.Basko, E.Briedis, Budris, Bulmanis, H.Cukurs, Dzenitis, J.Erglis, Freimanis, T.Gailitis, E.Ginters, A.Graudins, A.Grundmanis, Jurkevics, A.Kalnins, R.Kandis, E.Kanna, Karklins, K.Karps, T.Kleinbergs, J.Koluzs, A.Kregers, J.Lapins, J.Maisins, T.Misins, Ozolins, A.Pallo, A.Pantelejevs, Paulins, L.Pillups, K.Reichmanis, K.Reinfelds, E.Rudzitis, Strautnieks, Z.Tomsons, Vulfs, J.Viksne, A.Vilks
Aircraft Known to be Involved: Over 80 aircraft. Those specific aircraft known to have attended include the gliders "Iesacejs" and "Duja"
Details:
  • Over 80 aircraft were assembled for this event - including Aviation Regiment, Aizsargi, Latvian Aero Club, VEF (manufacturer), and private sport aircraft and glider schools/clubs. This was the largest single gathering of aircraft ever seen in Latvian to that point. The pioneer groups, with their flying models, were also in attendance.
  • The high point of the day was the presentation to the Aviation Regiment of 26 brand new Gloster Gladiators, purchased with money donated by the public and raised at other such festivals.
  • The program began at 2pm with the first of a lengthy series of speeches and greetings.
  • The aerobatics and precision flying demonstrations featured the best pilots in Latvia, and were well received by the audience. The program was cut short by heavy rain, but some members of the public managed to receive airplane rides in spite of the poor weather.
  • About 50,000 spectators attended the event.

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Sources

Bruvelis, Edvins. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
Jaunais Kurzemnieks August 10, 1938
Jaunais Kurzemnieks August 17, 1938
Jaunais Kurzemnieks August 24, 1938
Sparnota Latvija No.51, September 1938, pg.612-617
Valmierietis August 25. 1938
Ventas Balss August 23, 1938

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