Air Force

STAMPE & VERTONGEN SV5


SV5 #111 SV5 SV5 SV5 SV5

SV5 SV5 SV5 SV5 SV5

SV5s SV5 SV5s SV5 SV5

SV5 SV5 SV5 SV5 July 15, 1937

Source: Stampe & Vertongen (Belgium), some produced locally by VEF (under contract).

Acquired: 1935 - Purchased, 1938 - some produced under contract

Type: Trainer / Reconnaissance

Engine: Armstrong-Siddeley 340-hp Serval 5, or Cheetah IX radial.

Dimensions
Length: 7.78 m
Wing Span: 10.5 m
Height: 2.9 m
Max Speed: 272 km/hr

Range:

Maximum Ceiling: 7500 m

Known Serial Numbers: 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112

Notes

  • Markings: unlike most Latvian military aircraft, these were not clearly marked with the serial number. They were light grey overall, with a medium/dark green patch on the top surface of the fuselage.
  • 1938, July - VEF is awarded a contract to construct six SV5s. The decision to turn to VEF for these and future aircraft led to the shutdown of the LKOD aviation division. [SF]
  • The ten SV5s purchased from Belgium had Armstrong-Siddeley Serval engines, but the six to be built by VEF would utilize the 355-hp Cheetah IX. One Cheetah-powered SV5 had already been flown to Latvia.
  • # 104
    • October 1-2, 1938 - V.Grants (p) and V.Rinkis (obs) in #104 take part in the "Flight Around Latvia" competition.
  • # 106
    • May 20, 1937 - SV5 #106 is force landed heavily in Bolderaja.
  • # 111
    • June 4, 1940 - Destroyed in a crash at Gulbene.


Sources

Andersons, Edgars Latvijas Brunotie Speki un to Prieksvesture
Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture

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