Designers/Builders

PULINS, NIKOLAJS

Pulins
  • Born: September 14, 1901, in Talsi
  • Attended business school
  • 1917 - voluntarily joined the Russian military, in a cavalry batallion
  • Oct.5, 1917 - is wounded in battle and captured by the Germans. He escapes from the POW camp on four occasions, but was unable to evade recapture.
  • Nov.25, 1918 - released from captivity, returns to Riga, Latvia.
  • Dec. 3, 1918 - voluntarily joined the Latvian army and participated in battles in Kurzeme, Zemgale and near Riga.
  • February 7, 1919 - Distinguished himself in action vs the enemy near Skrunda.
  • Assigned to the 2nd Ventspils Infantry
  • Assigned to the technical section of the Aviation Division.
  • During the Bermont-Avalov battles he serves with the 9th Rezeknes Infantry, in a heavy machine gun unit.
  • August 1919 - assigned to the 2nd Squadron as a mechanic. Rank: Corporal.
  • March 10, 1920 - released from the military.
  • 1923 - builds the first "Spridite" biplane
  • 1925 - accepted into military flight school.
  • 1926 - Awarded the Order of Lacplesis
  • 1926 - Graduates from flight school as a qualified pilot.
  • 1926 - Completes the "Ikars 3A" two-seater.
  • November 1926 - reportedly receives a lucrative job offer from an aircraft manufacturer in Estonia, which he declines.
  • Pulins also acquired his civilian pilot's license - the first issued in Latvia (with license # 0001).
  • 1928 - completes the first privately-constructed hangar in Latvia.
  • Died: March 23, 1979 in Sweden.

    Sources
    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Kurzemes Vards November 26, 1926
    - Lacplesa Kara Ordena Kavalieri Ilze Antena, ed.

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