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CELMS, RUDOLFS

Rudolfs Celms
  • Learned to fly in the Czarist Russian Air Force (in a Voisin).
  • After the rise of communism in Russia, Clems flew for the White Russians.
  • September 16, 1920 - Clems joins the Latvian military, aviation section.
  • November 26, 1920 - Founding member of the original Latvian Aero Club.
  • March, 1921 - completes a skills refresher at flight school.
  • August 7, 1921 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • March 24, 1922 - participates in the re-supply (from the air) of German ships trapped in pack ice near Liepaja. Celms flew the Rumpler C.1 with Inselbergs as his observer. Rank: Sargeant.
  • Within the aviation regiment he produced an occasional humour sheet he called "Cugunlejejs"
  • April 16, 1923 - leaves the military
  • 1923 - employed by the "Latvijas Gaisa Satiksmes Akciju Sabiedriba". They send him to Johannisthal, near Berlin, to learn to fly the Junkers F.13. Upon his return, he regularly flies the route between Riga and Berlin.
  • 1928 - a founding member of the Latvian Aviator's Society. On behalf of this sociey Celms established contacts with the Ligue International des Aviateurs, becoming its first Latvian member. This led to Latvian fliers having the opportunity to compete for the Latvian chapter's Clifford Harmon Trophy.
  • Prominent member of the Latvian Aero Club (LAK).
  • Serves, with R.Zardins, on the LAK technical commission, ruling on matters of aircraft construction and inspection.
  • 1932 - 1933 - a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Latvian Aviation.
  • July 25, 1932 - goes to Liepaja to support and encourage Pulins, who was leaving on a solo flight to Sweden. Four days later he greets Pulins on his return, this time in Riga.
  • May 28, 1933 - Celms and Pulins set off in the Irbitis I-6 (named "Gambija") to fly to Gambia and back. Celms had been selected for the flight because he spoke a number of languages and could prepare dispatches for the media. However, the project failed miserably when they destroyed the aircraft, crashing shortly after crossing into Germany. Both aviators escaped without major injury.
  • 1934 - Celms edits and also regularly contributes articles for "Sparnota Latvija".
  • May 10, 1934 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Jelgava.
  • 1935 - publishes the small book "Tev Bus Lidot".
  • September 26-27, 1937 - flying with R.Gulbis, participates in the second "Flight Around Latvija" contest.
  • 1941 (Soviet Occupation) - arrested and deported to Siberia.

Sources

- Aizsargs, No.184 (1939, No.10), pg.703
- Andersons, E. Latvijas Brunotie Speki, pg. 512, 513
- Briedis, E. Latviesa Stasts, pg. 102
- Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Celms, R. Tev Bus Lidot
- Irbitis, K Latvijas Aviacija un tas Pionieri pg. 41, 61
- Irbitis, K. Of Struggle and Flight pg. 37, 61
- Latvijas Aviacijas Fonda Avize, No.2, July 19, 1991, pg.7
- Sparnota Latvija, No. 7 (Jan.1935) pg. 186, 190, 192
- Sparnota Latvija, No. 8 (Feb 1935) pg. 204, 218
- Sparnota Latvija, No. 9 (March 1935) pg. 249, 256
- Sparnota Latvija, No.34 (Apr 1937) pg.104
- Sparnota Latvija, No.41 (Nov 1937) pg.290
- Sparnota Latvija, No.50 (Aug 1938) pg.579, 596
- Sparnota Latvija, No.51 (Sept 1938) pg. 624 - 625
- Sparnota Latvija, No.53 (Nov 1938) pg.694
- Sparnota Latvija, No.54 (Dec 1938) pg. 734, 738-740
- Sparnota Latvija, No.55 (Jan 1939) pg.17, 22
- Sparnota Latvija, No.56 (Feb 1939) pg.48, 65
- Sparnota Latvija, No.58 (Apr 1939) pg.126
- Sparnota Latvija, No.59 (May 1939) pg.143
- Sparnota Latvija, No.61 (July 1939) pg.256

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