Designers/Builders

SLEITERS, IMANTS

Argalis
  • October 8, 1906 - Born, in Jelgava
  • 1928 - graduates from military college with a rank of Lieutenant. Assigned to the 3rd Jelgavas infantry.
  • April 8, 1930 - transfers to the Aviation Regiment, enrolls in flight school (observer).
  • July 25, 1930 - makes his first solo flight.
  • July 31, 1930 - Graduates from flight school. Assigned to a Recon Squadron.
  • September 1, 1930 - Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
  • June 13, 1931 - is 'checked out' on the Letov S.16 and is qualified as a combat pilot in that type.
  • 1931 - transfers to the 2nd Fighter Squadron.
  • 1931 - 1936 - on the roster of the 2nd Fighter Squadron.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • September 7, 1934 - somersaults Martinsyde ADC.1 #61 when landing.
  • September 9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1934 - Sleiters is one of many pilots who, when attempting a landing with the Fiat CR.1, manages to flip it over on its back.
  • September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1936 - Transferred as an aircraft construction specialist to perform quality control of rebuilds and repairs at LKOD.
  • 1936 - as LKOD build a copy of the Pirat, Sleiters and B.Grasbergs are responsible for overseeing the work.
  • 1937 - Serves as a flight instructor both in the military and the Latvian Aero Club.
  • May 7, 1937 - Becomes Chairman of the Latvian Aero Club glider division.
  • July 4, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Sloka.
  • July 11, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • Crashed his aircraft while pulling a glider near Jelgava.
  • October, 1938 - First flight of Sleiters own designed and built sportplane, the IS-1.
  • 1939 - on the roster of the 3rd Fighter Squadron, based in Riga and flying Gloster Gladiators and Bristol Bulldogs.
  • September 1939 - Sleiters flies his IS-1 to Kaunas for the Baltic sports aircraft competition.
  • 1941 - (German occupation) - serves in the Transportation ministry, automobile traffic division
  • 1942 - Joined the German military (infantry) and fought the Bolsheviks.
  • September 27, 1942 - Dies from a partisan snipers' bullet, near Kovela in White Russia.

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
    - Sparnota Latvija No.53, November 1938, pg.692 - 693

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