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Replica of VEF I-12 aircraft at the Aviation festival in Riga, Latvia

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The VEF I-12 was a Latvian trainer aircraft designed by Kārlis Irbītis and produced by VEF in Riga during 1935 to 1941.

The plane was constructed mostly of wood. 12 copies were made. In 1937 it made several demonstrations in Paris. In London it was placed 5th and won the silver cup in the Thanet Air Race. The international tour was ended with a nine hour non-stop flight from London to Riga.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VEF_I-12


More about this replica -
http://latvianaviation.com/GrinbergsI12.html


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Kārļa Irbīša 1937.gadā konstruētā lidaparāta VEF I-12 autentiskā kopija.

Darbs pie lidaparāta rekonstrukcijas sākās 2005.gadā ar Irbīša oriģinālo rasējumu izpēti. Pēc piecu gadu titāniska darba Latvijas aviācijas entuziasti bija gatavi izmēģināt lidaparātu darbībā. Lai to īstenotu klajā laukā tika nolīdzināta zeme un “uzbūvēts” improvizēts lidlauks. Pilots Austris Zobens ar jaunuzbūvēto VEF I-12 pacēlās viena metra augstumā un nolidoja100 m, kā to nosaka aviācijas normatīvie akti. Pēc šāda lidojuma lidaparāts oficiāli tiek atzīts par lidotspējīgu.Vairāk lidmašīna debesīs pacēlusies nav.

Aviokonstruktors Kārlis Irbītis darbu pie lidaparātaI-12 sāka 1936. gada novembrī, bet pilnībā tas tika pabeigts 1937. gada jūnijā. Oficiālā lidspējas pārbaude notika 8. jūlijā, pēc kura lidaparāts saņēma reģistrācijas burtus YL-ABG.

Pasaulei lidaparāts tika atrādīts Parīzē 1937. gada vasarā, kad pilots Kārlis Bandenieks veica vairākus demonstrācijas lidojumus un popularizēšanas nolūkos vizināja franču mediju pārstāvjus.Vēlāk tas ar panākumiem tika demonstrēts arī Lielbritānijā un Somijā.

Pavisam Rīgā, VEF rūpnīcā, līdz II pasaules karam tika uzbūvēti 12 šādi lidaparāti. 
Britu pilots Filips Averi 1938. gadā paziņoja, ka ar I-12 veiks beznosēšanās pārlidojumu no Londonas uz Rīgu un ir gatavs šajā lidojumā sasniegt jaunu rekordu. Iepriekš šo pārlidojumu bija veicis angļu pilots Berts Hinklers ar lidmašīnu Avro "Avian" G-EBOV 1927. gada augustā, kad 1700 km tika pieveikti 10 h 46 min. 1938. gada jūlijā Filips Averi startēja no Londonas uz Rīgu. Lidojums bez nosēšanās ilga 9 h 05 min. Jauns rekords bija sasniegts!

Lidaparāta tehniskie dati:
Motora jauda     90 ZS
Cilindru skaits     4
Maksimālais ātrums     230 km/h
Maksimālais augstums     4000 m
Lidošanas tālums     800 km

Informācija no http://www.motormuzejs.lv

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