Air Force

ANSALDO SVA 10


Ansaldo SVA-10 #5K Ansaldo SVA-10 Ansaldo SVA-10 Ansaldo SVA-10 #38 Ansaldo SVA-10 #5K

Ansaldo SVA-10 #40 Ansaldo SVA-10 #41

Source: Ansaldo, Italy

Acquired: 1923

Type: 2-seater, reconnaissance and light bomber

Engine: 220-hp SPA 6A

Dimensions
Length: 8.2 m
Wing Span: 9.1 m
Height: 3.0 m

Max Speed: 215 km/hr

Range: 420 km

Maximum Ceiling:

Known Serial Numbers: 4K, 5K, 6K, 29, 30, 33, 38, 40, 41

Notes

  • Photos: In Photo 1, the SVA10 is the aircraft on the left side of the picture.
  • April 12, 1923 - J.Basko visits the Ansaldo factory in Italy to consider purchase of new aircraft.
  • The SVA10s (along with the first four Balillas) were received on Aug.6, 1923.
  • Only four aircraft were purchased. One addition aircraft (#33) was constructed in the aviation division's workshops. The other four serial numbers are the result of a renumbering of the original four.
  • The Italian aircraft were phased out in the early 1930s, being replaced by the Gladiators, Hinds and SV-5s.
  • #4K
    • Original serial no. 776
    • August 26-30, 1924 - participated in Latvia's first goodwill tour, a four-day visit to Tallin, Estonia.
  • #5K
    • Original serial no. 777
    • August 26-30, 1924 - participated in Latvia's first goodwill tour, a four-day visit to Tallin, Estonia.
  • #6K
    • Original serial no. 778
    • August 26-30, 1924 - participated in Latvia's first goodwill tour, a four-day visit to Tallin, Estonia.
  • #29
    • Original serial no. 779
    • Initially, when the SVA-10s were purchased, this was the only one designated for general use. The others were to be kept in top condition with only selected pilots permitted to fly them. The pilots thus designated were P.Mardoks, K.Skaubitis, A.Dzenitis, J.Putnins and A.Jakobsons. These restrictions were in place only until Sept.7, 1923, when all the SVA-10s were made available for general use.
      Date Personnel Duration Notes
      September 3, 1924 p - Capt. Jakubovs
      o - Gulbis
      10 min training flight
      September 4, 1924 p - Capt. Jakubovs
      o - Gulbis
      30 min training flight
      September 4, 1924 p - Gulbis 20 min training flight
      September 5, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Alksnis
      20 min training flight
      September 20, 1924 p - Gublis
      o - Alksnis
      20 min training flight
  • #33
    • 1928 - constructed in the aviation division workshops.
  • #38
    • April 13, 1928 - flown by Nikolajs Bulmanis.
    • July 6, 1928 - Gravers and Jansevskis suffer a crash and are hospitalized with injuries.
  • #40
    • October 30, 1928 - Strautnieks with mechanic Jandavs suffer a crash and are hospitalized with injuries.
  • #41
    • 1926 - after major overhaul, test flown (Alksnis) and returned to service.

Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Humberstone, R. (ed)Latvian Air Force 1918-1940
- Jane, Fred T. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919
- Additional information (dates of flights) taken from R.Gulbis' log book

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