Irbitis, VEF I-11 / I-12 / I-17
Страна: Латвия
Год: 1936

Two-seat light cabin monoplane
VEF. Самолеты

  Базирующееся в Риге латвийское государственное предприятие "Valsts Elektrotechniska Fabrika" (VEF) в 1935 году организовало авиастроительное подразделение, главным конструктором которого стал Карлис Ирбитис. Среди проектов VEF преобладали низкопланы цельнодеревянной конструкции, первым из которых стал двухместный I-11. В 1937 году он совершил 1000-км перелет вокруг Латвии, продолжавшийся 5 ч 30 мин. На его базе был создан моноплан с закрытой кабиной I-12, совершивший первый полет в июне 1937.
POWER FROM BROUGH. The V.E.F. J.-11, a light Latvian private-owner type built round one of the new Cirrus Minor engines. The speed figures quoted are 124 m.p.h. cruising and 149 m.p.h. maximum, which, for 90 h.p. and two up is good going in any language. The mounting of the tail plane is one outlandish feature to note. It appears that the occupant of the front seat has quite an extraordinarily good prospect.
CIRRUS-MINOR-ENGINED, this Latvian V.E.F. J-11 monoplane recently made a circuit of its native country in 5 hrs. 20 mins. for the 655 miles, including several demonstration stops; the average flying speed was 125 m.p.h. The machine is shortly coming to England, and those interested in demonstrations should write to Mr. Janis Vitols, 24, Queensborough Terrace, London, W.2.
The V.E.F. J-11 machine CIRRUS " MINOR." Top speed nearly 150 m.p.h.
The fascinating little Latvian V.E.F. 12 which was judged the smartest machine on parade.
I-12 был оснащен 90-сильным (67 кВт) ПД Cirrus Minor; около 12 таких самолетов были построены для гражданского и военного использования. Некоторые из них служили в ВВС Латвии.
Whilst the early Irbitis designs were high-wing monoplanes, all the later aircraft were low-wing types (shown, I-12).
The two leading machines, the Klemm in the foreground and the V.E.F. on the left. Two of the four Gauntlets at the meeting may be distinguished in the background.
The V.E.F. I-12 Two-seat Light Cabin Monoplane (90 h.p. Cirrus "Minor" engine).
ECONOMICAL SPEED: The Valsts Elektrotechniska Fabrika J.12, for which Rollasons of Croydon are agents in this country. With an 80/90 Cirrus Minor engine this little two-seater cruises at 123 m.p.h. and has a maximum of 149 m.p.h. One or two minor modifications are being made to the later production machines in order to bring them into line with British C. of A. requirements. Among other interesting features the J.12 has manually applied split flaps and differentially operated slotted ailerons.
THE ILL WIND: A corner of Rollason's hangar at Croydon. In the foreground is a Stinson Reliant, with the little Latvian V.E.F. J.12 behind it and the South African Junkers Junior on the right. One of I.A.F.'s Curtiss Condor freighters can be seen in the far distance.
The V.E.F. I-17 basic trainer.
Aircraft designed in Latvia by Karlis Irbitis are numerous, ranging up to the sporty-looking I-17 trainer.
The V.E.F. J-11 Latvia