Chronology

LATVIAN AVIATION CHRONOLOGY

1924

February 25 Edvins Bitte dies in the crash of Fokker D.VII #16 at Spilve.

c.March Gustavs Lazdins, flying the Aviation Division's only operational Nieuport, crashes into a haystack.

April 26 Nikolajs Pulins and his team of craftsmen complete "Spriditis - Type P.1". It is test flown by Augusts Lazdins.

May 24 Arveds Skurbe joins the Aviation Division.

June 1 Peteris Abrams and Augusts Behmanis die in the crash of Savoia S.16 #4.
June 7 On the Aviation Regiment's 5th anniversary the Latvian Aero Club presents it with its own flag/colours. This gift was designed and prepared by the LAK at a cost of about 10,000 rubles.
June 15 Aviation Festival at Spilve.

July 1 The Gourdou-Lesseure GL-21 is demonstrated at Spilve, flown by french pilot Devillers.

August 26-30 Six Latvians make the first Latvian goodwill flight abroad, taking three SVA-10 aircraft to Tallinn.

September 1 The Aviation Regiment receives its Gourdou Lesseure B3.
September 2 The second election of Latvian Aero Club Board members, replacing chairman A.Valleika with N.Sudmalis.
September 9 The Latvian Aero Club announces a competition for designing and building the LAK's first aircraft.

December 16 The Aviation Regiment receives its first two Avro 548Ns, #32 and #33.

- The LAB becomes Latvijas Aeroklubs (Latvian Aero Club) with retired aviator Capt.Janis Lindbergs as their first president.
- The Ministry of Transport erect two large, modern hangars at Spilve for airline and private use.
- Upmalis designs and builds his own sailplane, then makes a flight of about 90 minutes, a record not surpassed by another Latvian pilot for many years to come.

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