Air Force

LVG C.V and C.VI


LVG C.V #75 LVG C.IV #24 LVG C.IV LVG LVG C.V #75

LVG LVG LVG LVG C.V LVG C.V

LVG C.IV #24 LVG C.IV #24 LVG C.IV #24 LVG C.IV #23 LVG C.VI

Source: Abandoned by retreating Germans. One aircraft was built by the Aviation Division's workshop(1931).

Acquired: 1919, 1931.

Type: 2-seater recon, artillery spotter

Engine: 197-hp Benz IV

Dimensions
Length: 7.87 m
Wing Span: 13.62 m
Height: 3.2 m
Max Speed: 165 km/hr

Range: 420 km

Maximum Ceiling: 6000 m

Known Serial Numbers: 19, 23, 24, 25. 27. 75

Notes

  • The LVGs used by the Latvians are alternately called C.Vs and C.VIs, when the truth is that they were probably a mixture of both. For this reason, I am combining both types on this one page.
  • Bruvelis estimates that there were about five LVGs in total.
  • #19
    • This aircraft is reported by Humberstone, but does not seem to appear elsewhere. It is reported as a LVG C.V with a 200-hp Benz D.IV, acquired in 1920. Note that the Halberstadt C.V was also serialed with #19 and, while some numbers were known to be recycled, it is possible that an error in identification or record-keeping is to blame.
  • #23
    • An LVG C.V, (engine # 17573)
    • 1926 - after major repair/overhaul the aircraft is flight tested (Jakobsons) and returned to active service.
    • continued in use until at least 1928
    • Humberstone (pg.11) shows this aircraft after a nose-stand on landing.
      Date Personnel Duration Notes
      July 18, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      115 min artillery spotting training
  • #24
    • Original serial number: 22996. An LVG C.VI
    • 227-hp Benz, engine #22996.
    • acquired from the Daugavpils region on April 20, 1920 and was accepted by aviator Abrams and Prenclavs, who was from the technical division.
    • July 25, 1920 - flown by Abrams, it participated in the first Aviation Festival at Spilve.
    • October 1, 1921 - crash, in bad weather.
      Date Personnel Duration Notes
      May 31, 1924 p - Pavlovskis
      o - Gulbis
      120 min Riga - Jaunjelgava - Riga
  • #25
    • Original serial number 9014/18
    • July 1920 - J.Prieditis and A.Lazdins did a flyover in LVG #25 at the funeral of Augusts Sparins.
    • Believed to have been a C.VI
  • #27
    • LVG C.VI
    • June 15, 1924 - participated in the Air Festival at Spilve.
    • 1926 - after major repair/overhaul the aircraft is flight tested (Lodzins) and returned to active service.
    • May 7, 1926 - heavy crash at Spilve destroys aircraft, injures aviators.
      Date Personnel Duration Notes
      February 13, 1924 p - A.Jakobsons
      o - Gulbis
      90 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 13, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Skalbergs
      90 min training flight
      May 26, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Blaus
      90 min Riga - Iecava - Riga
      June 27, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Dekeris
      45 min Aerial photography drill over polygon, Daugavpils
      June 27, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Linins
      70 min gunnery practice
      June 29, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Blaus
      80 min gunnery practice
      July 7, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - mechanic
      20 min mechanical test flight
      July 8, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      70 min artillery spotting training
      July 10, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      10 min artillery spotting training
      July 10, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      100 min artillery spotting training
      July 11, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      80 min artillery spotting training
      July 11, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      30 min artillery spotting training
      July 14, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Lt.Karklins
      85 min bombing practice
      July 14, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Lt.Karklins
      80 min artillery spotting training
      July 21, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - mechanic
      35 min mechanical test flight
      July 21, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      40 min artillery spotting training
      July 22, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      65 min artillery spotting training
      July 22, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      40 min artillery spotting training
      July 23, 1924 p - Gulbis
      70 min training flight
      July 23, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Lt.Karklins
      70 min Formation flight over Daugavpils
      July 24, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Lt.Linins
      115 min Training - bombing the polygon from 3000-4200 metres
  • #75
    • An LVG C.V with a 200-hp Benz
    • #75 was built in the Aviation Divisions' own workshops, completed in 1931.


Sources

- Andersons, Edgars Latvijas Brunotie Speki Un To Prieksvesture
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Gray & Thetford German Aircraft of the First World War
- Humberstone, R. (ed) Latvian Air Force 1918-1940
- Jane, Fred T. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919
- Windsock Datafile #17 (LVG C.VI)
- Windsock Datafile #71 (LVG C.V)
- Additional information (dates of flights) taken from R.Gulbis' log book

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