Pilots rising high above the past

  • 1999-01-14
  • Philip Birzulis
For thousands of years people have dreamed of flying , but these days some take off on a very regular basis. Philip Birzulis talked at altitude recently with some airborne Latvians.Captain Vilnis Kolkovskis has come a long way since making a parachute jump at 15 and becoming Latvian glider champion a year later. Now 57, the Chief Pilot of Air Baltic travels thousands of miles a week, but the journey he and his fellow flyers have made in the last ten years is a much bigger one.It's about 1 p.m. in the bowels of Riga Airport and Kolkovskis is going through pre-flight routines. The weather in...
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