Aerodromes

AERODROME - VENTSPILS

Ventspils
Ventspils 1936 Ventspils glider hangar - 1936


NOTES

  • Photo #1 - The Aviation Festival in the summer of 1936.
    Photo #2 - The glider hangar
  • February, 1935 - Sparnota Latvija reports that the Ventspils Aizsargi are actively preparing for the construction of an airfield at Ventspils. Their representative, K.Mednis, and Commander N.Berzins of the naval section visited potential sites for the new facility. The site reviewed most positively was a wide pasture (owned by the city) between the Cirspenes road and the Kuldiga highway. The site could be approached for landing from any direction, which is important as wind shifts make landings along an unchanging heading unsafe. The field was also found to be almost flight-ready, and would not be expensive to bring up to standard. Furthermore, as the land belongs to the city, it was assumed that the local officials would recongize the benefits to Ventspils of establishing an aerodrome and make the land available at little cost.
  • August 9, 1936 - Aviation Festival
  • September 27, 1936 - the second waypoint in the first "Flight Around Latvia" competition.
  • September 26, 1937 - waypoint of the second "Flight Around Latvia" competition.
  • August 5, 1938 - site of an Aizsargi Aviacija training 'camp' session. 5 aircraft with 10 aviators practiced air gunnery and long distance recon flights, then participated in the aviation festival.
  • August 7, 1938 - Aviation Festival
  • Oct.1, 1938 - the second waypoint in the "Flight Around Latvia" competition. They landed at the aerodrome, refuelled, and continued on to Kuldiga.
  • August 6, 1939 - Aviation Festival
  • 1941 - 1944 (German Occupation) - (Luftwaffe units based in Ventspils during the German occupation)
  • Link to Present-Day Ventspils Airport website.

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