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ABOLINS, JANIS

Janis Abolins
  • April 29, 1903 - Born
  • October 1, 1925 - joins the Aviation Regiment.
  • June 7, 1926 - makes his first solo flight (Avro 548N)
  • October 23, 1926 - graduates from flight school (pilot)
  • 1927 - flies the ADC.1 and the DH9A.
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1930 - promoted to rank of Virsnieku Vietnieks (Warrant Officer)
  • May 31, 1931 - Particpates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1931 - Assigned to the 1st Fighter Squadron, flying the Ansaldo Balilla, later the Bristol Bulldog. He continues to appear on their roster at least until 1933.
  • 1934 - Ulmanis seizes power in Latvia, and Abolins is the Duty Officer at the Aviation Regiment on that evening and was the one who received the command to place the Regiment on military alert.
  • September 9, 1934 - participated in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1936 - resigns from the Aviation Regiment, but remains very active in Aizsargu aviation and other private aviation enterprises.
  • July 19, 1936 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Matisi.
  • 1936 - serves as a flight instructor in the Latvian Aero Club sport flight school.
  • June 25, 1936 - makes the first test flight of the VEF I-11 (YL-AAX), which later became the prototype for the I-12.
  • August 2, 1936 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Rujiena.
  • August 9, 1936 - participates (as glider tug pilot) in the Aviation Festival at Ventspils.
  • August 11, 1936 - he departs (again flying the glider tug) for an Aviation Festival in Lithuania, but for some reason the glider became uncoupled from the tug near Ugale and it crashed, cancelling the remainder of the trip.
  • August 30, 1936 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Lutrini.
  • September 18, 1936 - flies the tow plane "Vanags" which brings Fricis Tramdachs and the new Kondor glider to Jelgava.
  • December 4, 1936 - the 2nd graduating class of the Latvian Aero Club's sport flying program complete their studies, and Abolins was one of their (total three) instructors.
  • February 11, 1937 - selected as one of three pilots assigned to the Ministry of Air Transport to fly the De Havilland DH89s of the Valsts Gaisa Satiksme. He is demoblized from the Aviation Regiment to permit him to take on this role.
  • May 16 - 17, 1937 - with F.Sprogis (and passenger A.Argalis) they fly the two new DH 89s from Hatfield, England to Riga. Abolins had spent three months in England becoming familiar with the multi-engined aircraft and its operation. He soloed on his third flight in the DH 89 but, as three months had been allotted for the training, he had a great deal of time to become familiar and comfortable with the new type. They also took this opportunity to complete the night/instrument flying courses.
  • May 1937 - with Jerins and Abolins they visit Kuldiga to consider its suitability as a destination for the national air service. The results of their assessment were not released, but Kuldiga never did receive passenger air service, so perhaps they found the airfield to be unsuitable.
  • from 1937 - 1940 he spent a great deal of time abroad, test flying and evaluating other nation's aircraft for purchase by the Latvian Air Force. Did not fly during WW2.
  • November 28, 1938 - the 3rd graduating class of the Latvian Aero Club's sport flying program complete their studies, and Abolins was one of their (total three) instructors.
  • After the war, emigrated to Sweden.
  • January 24, 1995 - Died in Upsala, Sweden.

Sources

- Aviacijas Svetki (1932) Programma, pg.7
- Aviacijas Svetki (1935) Programma, pg.10
- Briedis, A. Latviesa Stasts
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Irbitis, K. Of Struggle and Flight
- Jaunais Kurzemnieks May 26, 1937
- Latvijas Aviacijas Fonda Avize, No.4, August 31, 1991, pg.3
- Latvijas Kareivis May 27, 1930
- Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
- Latvijas Kareivis May 20, 1937
- Sparnota Latvija, No.33 (Mar 1937) pg.85
- Sparnota Latvija, No.62 (Aug 1939) pg.276

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