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BALODIS, OTTO

Balodis
  • Born: 1890, in Riga, but raised in Germany
  • 1912 - obtained his pilot's license
  • Employed as a demonstration pilot for Fokker, flying Fokker aircraft in exhibitions in Europe and abroad.
  • January 1924 - sets a new world altitude record in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He flew his modified Fokker, carrying a 500 kg payload, to an altitude of 6,485 metres above sea level, beating the old record of 5,992 metres.
  • The Argentine Press, reporting on the achievement, states that Balodis has completed over 30,000 flights in his career.
  • Bruvelis provides more detail regarding O.Balodis: He reports that Balodis obtained his pilot's license ( #408) on May 20, 1913. He also reports that Balodis died in 1924 (still in Buenos Aires, Argentina) in a glider accident.

Balodis



Sources
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Kuldigas Vestnesis March 28, 1924.
- Letas Ilustrets Zurnals Vol.5, No.13 (March 28, 1924)
- Sparnota Latvija, No.34 (Apr 1937) pg.106
- Sparnota Latvija, No.50 (Aug 1938) pg.591
- Sparnota Latvija, No.56 (Feb 1939) pg.64

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