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    A great Polish aviator Bolesław Orliński died 21 years ago

    Today marks the 21st anniversary of the death of Bolesław Orliński, a Polish aviator, military, sports and test pilot.


    During World War I Orliński was commissioned in the Russian Army, and fought in an infantry regiment on the German front, becoming an NCO. In 1918 he joined the newly formed Polish 1st Corps of Gen. Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki. When the corps was disarmed by the Germans in May 1918 he went to Ukraine and briefly served in the army of the Ukrainian People’s Republic. He returned to Poland after independence and joined the Polish Army. He served in the cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war, and then volunteered for the air force.

    Bolesław Orliński flew 92 types of aircraft and spent 7,000 hours in the air.

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