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AVDI #85 AVDI #85

Source: Built locally

Acquired: 1928

Type: Reconnaissance 2-seater

Engine: 260-hp Maybach, 6-cylinder, water-cooled

Dimensions
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Wing Span:
Height:
Max Speed: 160 km/hr

Range:

Maximum Ceiling:

Known Serial Numbers: 85

Notes

  • Designed by Pauls Reinhards, it was a project utlilizing one of two large Maybach engines, abandoned by the Germans, intended for use on their airships.
  • The aircraft was built in the workshops of the Aviation Division (its name is derived from the first two letters of Aviacijas and divizions.
  • The initial test flights were flown by Viktors Eglitis and Reinhard himself. Capt.V.Rinkis joined them soon afterwards.
  • The aircraft was flown for a few weeks, but the engine was found to be totally unreliable. Finally, fearing that someone would be killed flying this machine, Capt. V.Rinkis intentionally crashed it. The parts were subsequently burned on a bonfire, and no further development of this design was contemplated.
  • The aircraft was never popular with the pilots, and its unusual shape earned it the nickname "cigar", but the unreliable engine was the main reason for its unpopularity.


Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Irbitis, Karlis Of Struggle and Flight

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