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PANTELEJEVS, APOLONS

Pantelejevs
  • 1908 - Born, in Plavinas.
  • Was taught to fly a glider by Herberts Cukurs on his glider, "C-4".
  • 1932 - Member of the Latvian Sport Aviation Society.
  • October 6, 1934 - The Jelgava Glider Flight school opens, Pantelejev and Cukurs serve as the first instructors.
  • Member of the Aizsargu Aviacija
  • January, 1935 - Test flies the first "Iesacejs" glider built by Aizsargi aviators, at Spilve.
  • 1935 - attends the Lithuanian Glider Flight School at Nida.
  • July, 1935 - becomes assistant to the Leader of the Latvian Aero Club's glider division.
  • September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • October 1935 - becomes the Leader of the Latvian Aero Club's glider division.
  • November 1935 - the Riga Glider Flight School is created, and Pantelejevs is on of the flight instructors.
  • January, 1936 - Test flies VEF's first glider "VEF-1", at Spilve.
  • March 6, 1936 - crashes while flying "Lenta".
  • Summer, 1936 - flying "VEF-1" he completes the first ever glider "loop" in Latvia.
  • July 5, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Liepaja.
  • July 19, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Matisi.
  • August 16, 1936 - with "VEF-1", participates in the Aviation Festival at Krimulda.
  • August 23, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Sloka.
  • May 7, 1937 - his term as Leader of the Latvian Aero Club's glider division ends.
  • August 4, 1937 - successfully completed the first glider flight in Latvia launched, without mechanical assistance. He flew "Lenta" from the top of the sand dunes near Lilaste, on the seashore.
  • Director of the Riga Glider Flight School.
  • August 21, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • September 11, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Jelgava.
  • August, 1944 - Leaves Latvia, with his family, and ends the war in a DP camp in Wurtzburg, Germany.
  • 1948 - emigrates to Canada and resumes his pre-military career in chemical engineering.
  • 1974 - retires after a distinguished career with Quality Control and Research Laboratory of New Westminster, British Columbia.
  • After retirement he worked with CESO, a Canadian overseas aid program, serving in Brazil, Korea and Iran.
  • Sadly, he did not resume flying after the war, although he did maintain an interest in aviation.
  • 1991 - Died, in British Columbia, Canada

    Sources

    - Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis
    - Sparnota Latvija No.50, August 1938.

    My thanks to Andrejs Pantelejevs for providing additional information for this profile.

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