Air Force

HANNOVER CL.III


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Hannover CL.III #7 Hannover CL.III Hannover CL.III #21 Hannover CL.III #7

Source: #7: built in the "Arsenals" workshops
              #21: Acquired from the Germans as part of the March, 1920 treaty.

Acquired: 1919 (#21), 1923 (#7)

Type: reconnaissance

Engine: # 21 - Argus 180-hp, serial no. 3109

Dimensions
Length: 7.80 metres
Wing Span: 11.95 metres
Height: 2.75 metres
Max Speed: 165 km/hr

Range: 500 km

Maximum Ceiling: 7500 metres

Known Serial Numbers: 7, 21

Notes

  • # 7
    • 1923 - #7 is completed by the Aviation Division workshop, test flown and enters service.
    • 1924 - aircraft appears on the roster of the Reconnaissance division.
    • 1925 - aircraft now appears on the roster of the aviation reserves.
    • 1926 - #7 receives major repairs/overhaul, is test flown (Ferbers) and returned to service.
    • 1928 - remains in active service.
  • # 21
    • Hannover #21 bore the original serial number 1626/? or, elsewhere quoted, 7015/18.
    • April, 1920 - it is decided to assign the Hannover to the Latgale front, performing reconnaissance duties.
    • April 16, 1920 - Janis Prieditis flies Hannover CLIII #21 from Spilve airport, destination Rezekne, to bring it into the Latgale theatre of operations. He had to make a forced landing en route (at Krustpils) and aircraft was damaged.
    • June 21, 1920 - #21 was used to transport Brig.Gen. Turner of the British naval mission from Riga (Spilve) to Reval and back.
    • July 18, 1920 - V.Jakubovs and J.Prieditis fly Hannover Cl.III #21 to Petersfeld to determine the aerodrome's suitablility for 3rd Squadron to use.
    • July 20, 1920 - J.Prieditis and A.Lazdins do a flyover in #21 at the funeral of aviator Sparins.
    • July 25, 1920 - #21 takes part in the first Aviation Festival (Air Show) in Riga. In the preceding days this same aircraft was involved in dropping advertising flyers over the city, announcing the coming event. On the morning of the show, the Hannover flew over Riga to remind people of the coming event and to raise the level of excitement. During the air show, in addition to performance flights, the two-seater took civilians for demonstration flights and helped raise money for the families of pilots who had died in service.
    • Feb. 8, 1921 - #21 appears on the roster of the 1st Aviation Unit.
    • June 10, 1921 - Forced landing when engine catches fire.
    • August 20, 1921 - the first Latvian night flight is performed in #21 by Janis Putnins, flying for one hour and thirty-five minutes from Peterfeld.
    • February - March, 1923 - #21, flown by Putnins and Veinbergs, takes part in the 'flights around Latgale' project.
    • 1924 - aircraft appears on the roster of the Reconnaissance division.


Sources:
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Gray & Thetford German Aircraft of the First World War
- Humberstone, Richard Latvian Air Force 1918-1940
- Irbitis, Karlis Of Struggle and Flight
- Jane, Fred T. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919
- Windsock Datafile #23 (Hannover Cl.III)

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